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Free screening of WW1 film kicks off week long commemoration

With just a month to go until the WW1 multi media commemoration at Holy Trinity Church, Southport, the latest activity to be included is a free screening of the feature film Journey’s End.

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, the film, released this year, reveals the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate. The screening (12A) will be at the church on Hoghton Street, Southport, on Friday November 9 at 7.30pm.

Guests are invited to turn up on the evening with entry completely free.

This film kicks off a week of events, organised by Trinity Arts, which includes a gallery of images and stories, live poetry readings with people dressed as WW1 soldiers, a poignant flower display, video reports, schools participation, silhouettes, talks from special guests, and original artwork.

There will also be items from WW1 on display including original cigarette boxes, a cartoon book featuring soldiers, medals and more. Children’s activities will be available, including making a tissue-paper poppy wreath.

Organiser Joy Aldred, of Trinity Arts, said that the event had become much bigger than anyone expected. “Thanks to media coverage, so many people have got in touch to share their families’ stories and their tales are amazing and so poignant.

“They’re not just about WW1, we are also remembering those who fought in WW2. Just a few highlights to mention include diaries from prisoners of war in both conflicts, a story of someone who deserted – because he wanted to fight at the Front, a Southport lass who helped defend London in WW2, by being a barrage balloon operator, and an Untold Story of a soldier in WW1, whose family knew nothing about his experiences until he died.

“Then they discovered a cupboard full of memorabilia, from which we’ve pieced together part of his life at the Front. That memorabilia will be on display on the Saturday and is fascinating.”

A timetable of events will be available nearer the time, meanwhile check out www.trinityarts.org.uk or follow on Facebook @SouthportTrinityArtsFestival

Ykids create Garden to Remember to commemorate end of Great War

Ykids Bootle are set to launch their ‘Lest We Forget – A Garden To Remember’ in North Park next month as part of Sefton’s ongoing commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

For three days in November, North Park Community Garden in Bootle will be transformed into an emotive garden of remembrance where the community can pause to think, pray and give thanks to those who lost their lives in the Great War.

The garden will be open to the public on November 10 (11am-3pm) and November 11 (12pm-3pm) while November 9 will be dedicated as a private day for schoolchildren to come and learn more about WW1.

As well as meditation and a chance to reflect on all aspects of the war, there will also be a host of informative and educational activities including history lessons of Bootle’s role in the war, poppy crafting, wreath making and the opportunity to taste trench food from the era.

For more information about the Garden please contact Ykids via 0151 944 2111 or visit www.ykids.co.uk.

Make the moss-t of Ainsdale Bryophytes talk

Join up with a team of green fingered detectives as they explore the hidden world beneath your feet on Ainsdale dunes next month.

The Gems In The Dunes series of talks and walks is proud to bring you their latest Lottery funded educational talk all about Bryophytes – the smallest and most fascinating plants on the Sefton Coast.

The talk, which takes place at Ainsdale Discovery Centre on Thursday November 1 from 10am, also provides training to allow you to survey bryophytes including bryums and Petalworts. 

The day long event will include lessons on identification, lifecycle, habitat requirements and of course how to survey them.

In the morning attendees will have the chance to learn the theory behind Bryophyte conservation followed by an afternoon walk to see them in the wild.

Booking is essential. For more information call 01704 571 575 or email gems-in-the-dunes@arc-trust.org.

Change of venue for Sefton’s Cabinet Meeting (November 1)

The venue for the Thursday November 1 meeting of Sefton Council’s Cabinet has been changed.

As a large number of people attending this meeting is anticipated, the venue has been changed from Southport Town Hall to Bootle Town Hall in order to accommodate this.

Bootle Town Hall is easily accessible via public transport and is just a short walk away from Oriel Road station for those travelling via train.

The meeting will still take place from 10am. For the full agenda visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Sefton OPERA hold afternoon of WW1 remembrance

Sefton O.P.E.R.A. are set to host a 100 Years of Remembrance event next month to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

The afternoon of remembrance will take place at Bootle Cricket Club on Wadham Road on Monday November 5 from 12.30pm.

Hosted in partnership with the Veteran’s Foundation and Adactus Housing, the afternoon features the Irish Guard Singers, talks, live entertainment and refreshments.

The event is totally free and for more information please call 0151 330 0479

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