First World War commemorations continue

All Saints Church in Dunsden Green held an exhibition to remember First World War solders including Wilfred Owen earlier in the summer Phil Creighton

Commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War are continuing this month. In Wokingham a series of events will be centred on Sunday, September 14.

The Town Hall will be launching a special War Memorial Trail as part of its participation in Heritage Open Days.

The trail is an opportunity to explore the memorials throughout the borough, in different locations. These vary from external crosses and stained glass windows through to internal wooden memorials; all of which commemorate the sacrifice made by local individuals.

The Town Hall will be open from 11am to 4pm and visitors can see a display of First World War memorials. A range of activities for children will also be available.

To complement the open day, All Saints Church in nearby Wiltshire Road will be hosting a First World War themed concert at 3pm. The Trinity Concert Band will be performing music from the era, based on a concert performed in Wokingham just before the war. Lasting around an hour, the concert will include readings from sources of the time.

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St Paul’s Church in Reading Road has erected a special exhibition devoted to the soldiers listed in the church’s Roll of Honour and this will be on show during heritage weekend.

Away from Wokingham, St Mary’s Church in Shinfield will holding a flower festival, Anthem for Doomed Youth, on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, from 10am to 5pm.

The memorial festival aims to remember the people of Shinfield who died during the First World War.

A special memorial service will be held at Earley St Peter’s Church on Sunday, September 21 from 6.30pm. There will be readings, hymns and prayers with music from the Pangbourne Silver


To accompany the service, to which everyone is invited, there will be an exhibition in the church from 11am to 3pm on Monday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 24.