Royal British Legion Announces Remembrance Events

The Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion are pleased to extend an open invitation to four free events they are planning in Henley over the Remembrance period.

Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 1418 Exhibition – The Old Fire Station Gallery

A unique portrait of the First World War battlefields, Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 1418 is a powerful photographic exhibition by Mike St Maur Sheil, which tells of the healed scars of the war through our only living witness, the battlefields themselves. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance.  Over time, nature has transformed the battlefields, creating a link between modern times and the personal dramas those landscapes now hide.

He comments as follows: “It was whilst on a visit to Dunkirk with my father, who had fought there in WWII, that I first became aware of the close attention that soldiers pay to the ground which surrounds them and the way in which their vision of a battlefield extends not to miles but just the yards, even feet, which they can survey without themselves being seen. It was my friend, the historian, Richard Holmes, who shaped this further by insisting that my pictures should not just be an emotional response to a battlefield where men had died, but should seek to tell the history, the stories of the men who fought there.”

Opening hours:
Friday 28 October 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 29 October 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 30 October 10 am to 5 pm
Friday 4 November 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 5 November 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 6 November 10 am to 5 pm
Friday 11 November 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 12 November 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 13 November 10 am to 5 pm

The Somme 1916 – The Council Chamber, Town Hall – Thursday 27 October at 7.30 p.m.

An illustrated talk by photographer and battlefield guide, Mike St Maur Sheil entitled 1st July 1916: the aftermath of the day that changed our nation’s history.

You may turn up on the night, but it would be appreciated if you would let us know if you intend to come along, so that we have some idea of numbers.  Please contact Shirley Lees on 07775-893148 or poppy@leeshenley.co.uk

Poppy Appeal launch –Market Square – Saturday 29 October from 10.30 am

Sam Brown and her ukulele players will be providing entertainment in the Market Square during the morning to mark the launch of the 2016 Poppy Appeal.  The mayor, Julian Brooks, will buy the first poppy at 11 am.

Battle of the Somme film – Pither Hall, Christ Church Centre – Tuesday 8 November at 7.30 pm for 8 pm

In conjunction with First World War Partnership and the Imperial War Museum, we will be showing the Battle of the Somme film.  It is a pioneering battlefield documentary that was seen by huge audiences in the UK when it was released in August 1916, barely a month after the events it depicted. Cinema-goers hailed it as an opportunity to see the reality of the Western Front for the first time, and to share the experiences of the soldiers who were fighting there.  The footage of British soldiers at the front in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme became one of the most popular films in UK cinema history.  It was seen by around 20 million people, changing public perceptions of the medium.  It has been digitally remastered for audiences today.

You may turn up on the night, but it would be much appreciated if you would let us know if you intend to come along, so that we have some idea of numbers.  Please contact Stan Ainsley on 07935-755905 or stanainsley@hotmail.com

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