Lest We Forget
Parking has been arranged at Hatfield House visitors carpark (St George’s Gate, AL9 5HX) please follow the poppies to the entrance to the War Graves, we will put up a parking sign to show the way. Alternatively people can park on the Great North Road, cones and staff in Hi-Viz jackets will mark the area, but please be aware that cars and lorries drive very fast along this stretch of the Great North Rd.
Parade to Remembrance Gardens
Also on Sunday 11th November, a Parade will commence from the Red Lion Pub traffic Lights, Great North Rd (AL9 5EU) at 10.45am. Following this the Service of Remembrance will be held in the Memorial Gardens, followed by the laying of wreaths. Please let me know in advance if you wish to lay a wreath. Parking is available in the Station car park AL9 5AB.
Everyone is then invited to follow the Clergy and parade into the grounds of Hatfield House, along the North Avenue up to the steps of Hatfield House for a short service which is similar to events at the end of World War 1.
Immediately after the Service, Lady Salisbury would be pleased if everyone could join her for tea or coffee in the Riding School(located in the Stable Yard). Hatfield House has sold out of tickets for their evening’s events: Lord Salisbury, joined by descendants of local people who fought in World War 1, will light a beacon in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, this is part of a chain of over 1,000 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11 November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent. Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will be Ringing Out for Peace, organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel.