Poetry, flowers and mementos will come together this weekend in Dunsden Green as the village invites you to join a celebration of Wilfred Owen.
The Great War poet lived and worked in the parish, just beyond Playhatch, for two years and to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the village’s connections to the poet, villagers are organising a flower festival and memory weekend.
All Saints Church will feature a range of floral tributes created by church members and local groups. You can get a preview of the weekend in our video above.
Open on Saturday, July 12 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from noon to 4pm, the weekend will include organ music, handbell ringing and plenty of displays to explore.
The theme of the flower festival is Poetry and Verse and excerpts of Wilfred Owen’s poetry will be on display.
Also on Sunday, the village hall will be the venue for a Momentos and Memories day. Ahead of a special exhibition in Dunsden Village Hall from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, the Owen In Dunsden Association is asking people what the Great War meant to their families.
People can bring along their Great War-related items, such as tin helmets or gas masks, and receive information about its history.
There will also be a chance to record your family’s experiences of the First World War.
It takes place from 2pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, July 13.
The next major event organised by Owen In Dunsden will be a special vigil concert called Light Ito Darkness, Darkness Illumined.
It will be held at All Saints on Monday, August 4 from 9.30pm to 11pm and be given by the A440 Choir.
It includes choral anthems and congregational singing, readings and reflection, prayer and silence as the nation remembers the start of the First World War.
Everyone is welcome.
For more details on all these events, log on to the Owen In Dunsden website.