Over 1,500 people packed Abbots Langley High Street and St Lawrence Churchyard for the annual Remembrance Day service. This year was the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Great War. Around thirty wreaths were laid on behalf of local organisations, including the Back to the Front Project.
The final three performances of “Only Remembered”, the Back to the Front Project’s WW1 production were all sold out at the Henderson Hub last week. Director Simon Ash took the stories of local people, press reports, letters and diaries to write a script which painted a picture of life in the village and at the Front during the Great War. This was set against a varied selection of well and lesser known songs from the time chosen by Musical Director, Brenda Southorn. The production formed a poignant, emotive and respectful tribute to those from the village that served in the Great War.
Brother and sister Roy and Diane Barnes visited the Back to the Front exhibition at St Lawrence Church at Abbots Langley this week. Their great uncle, John Barnes, was Abbots Langley’s youngest soldier, having joined up in 1914, aged 12½ years old. The exhibition continues until Sunday 18th November.
Back to the Front worked with Year 6 at Divine Saviour Junior School to develop their School Assembly on the topic of Remembrance. But the credit for what was an outstanding Assembly must go to the children and Class Teacher, Ciara Sullivan. The Assembly concentrated on the subjects of remembrance, national and local Great War themes, and calls for world peace. Well done Year 6.
It was a very moving first night for “Only Remembered”, the Back to the Front Great War production on Wednesday 6th November. Seats are going fast for the remaining performances and should be booked in advance. Some seats remain for Saturday afternoon. Please note the show will start at 7.45 on Friday evening 9th November.
“Only Remembered”, an evening of music, songs and stories of local people and events from the villages in the time of the Great War opens on Wednesday evening, 7th November. Tickets are going fast for this free production and should be booked in advance from the Henderson Hub (01923 601280) or from Signature Estates in the High Street. Directed by Simon Ash, with Musical Direction by Brenda Southorn the production will now start at 7.45 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, not 7.30 as previously advertised.
The “sold out” signs went up when over one hundred people packed into the Bedmond Village Hall for a two course meal and an evening of entertainment at the Back to the Front “Spirit, Service and Sacrifice” Concert Party. The evening was reminiscent of the Concert Parties of yesteryear organised by the Bedmond Pioneers which raised spirits and funds for the troops. Show-casing WW1 poetry, prose and music presented by local artistes, the evening was enjoyed by all.
“Not Just a List of Names”, the Project book which includes the stories of 667 men and women from the parish of Abbots Langley has been received from the printers. Books can be purchased from the Project Exhibition at St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays 3rd and 10th November, or by contacting email@example.com. Copies cost £15.
The Back to the Front Exhibition has moved from the Tin Church at Bedmond to St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley, and re-opens at 10.00am on Saturday 3 November. The exhibition will remain at the church until Sunday 19 November.
Preparations for the Back to the Front Concert Party, “Spirit, Service and Sacrifice” are almost complete. Set in November 1918 the World War One Concert Party will include songs, poems and prose from the time and will include a free meal. All tickets for the Concert Party, which is being staged at Bedmond Village Hall on Satuurday 3rd November have now been snapped up.