Events

The Group endeavour to attend as many events as possible and to give talks on our work.  If you know of a society who would be interested in hearing about our work please email us on southampton.cenotaph@hotmail.co.uk.  We do not charge, however donations are appreciated.

Schedule of events for the forthcoming 12 months:

DATE EVENT
26th November up to Christmas An exhibition of our work to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI.  The exhibition will feature the stories of 8 of the Fallen of Southampton and will be staged in the Foyer of the Southampton Solent University Sir James Matthews building, Above Bar. The exhibition will also feature 2 panels providing a pictures and narrative about the work of the SCF&FG.  Please see photos below.
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Saturday 28th February SCMAS Study Day – more details to follow regarding SCF&FG representation and location.
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Sunday 8th November Remembrance Day.

 

Events held or attended:

20th November – Arctic Star Award
On 20th November 2014 Southampton Solent University hosted the award of the Arctic Star by former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, to Mrs Sykes and Mrs Barnard who represented their uncle William Jeffries who served on the Arctic Convoys in WWII.   SCF&FG were represented by Terry Randall, who instigated this ceremony, Lona Fryatt and Paul Marchbank.  Mrs Barnard stressed grateful thanks on behalf of the family to Terry, because without his research and determination William Jeffries story, and his award, would not have been publicised.  You can read William Jeffries story by selecting the link to his name.

 

12th November  –  Southampton Sight
Lona met with members, staff and volunteers of this local charity to tell them about the work of SCF&FG.  To find out more about the work of Southampton Sight please go to: http://www.southamptonsight.org.uk/

9th November 2014  –  Remembrance Day
Our Members were out in force to support the Remembrance Day service at Southampton Cenotaph and to increase our profile to the Southampton audience.

Later that day (2.15pm) Lona Fryatt attended the Remembrance Service at Southampton Old Cemetery to deliver the Kohima Epitaph.  For more details please go to: http://fosoc.org/events/

30th May 2014  –  Meeting our Patron
Members of the Group met with our Patron, His Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Ivan White.

Sunday 12th October Hampshire Genealogy Society, Basingstoke.   Terry, Brenda and Jan attended this annual event to promote our work to encourage interest and support from the public and any family members who may have information.
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Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August Maritime Festival  www.southamptonmaritimefestival.com.   The Maritime Festival was not so well attended as in previous years but we received good interest and had a good presence with our stand much admired. It was our first attendance at this event and we will be attending next year.
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10th August WWI Walk with Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC).  A walk to commemorate the start of WWI on 4th August 1914. In partnership with our friends in FoSOC, Helen, Lona and Shaun joined their walk to tell people about our work, specifically the research we have completed on those who are buried or memorialised in the cemetery. The event began with an introduction from the Mayor of Southampton accompanied by Scottish bagpipes and a bugler sounding the Last Post.  There were two walks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and despite a couple of heavy downpours the sun shone and both walks were well attended.
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28th July Nuffield Theatre.
Brenda met with the development group to tell them about our work. The Nuffield staged a play based on Michael Morpurgo’s short story “The Best Christmas Present in the World” which is set around Ploegsteert in Belgium during WWI.  Brenda was able to provide them with stories of several of our Fallen who fought in Ploegsteert.
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4th July Weston Park Primary School Spring Fayre.   Brenda had a stall at the Fayre to interest the pupils and parents and to encourage people to come forward with information or to volunteer.
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January to July Bitterne Park School.   Supporting approximately 8 pupils with research into some of the names on the Cenotaph. Brenda attended the school for one hour each Thursday. The pupils and their Tutor really enjoyed the topic and Brenda was pleasantly surprised that the pupils completed 100% attendance at these sessions.
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Date tbc Shaun attended the unveiling of a newly named road in Redbridge – Flanders Field – a solid memory of those who lost their lives in the Great War.
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19th June Presentation to the Local History Forum at the Lecture Theatre, Southampton Civic Centre.   Lona and Brenda gave a talk about the inception and history of Southampton’s Cenotaph, how the SCF&FG was established and what its purpose is together with some of the stories already researched and available on our website.
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7th June FOSOC Task Day.   Lona, Jackie, Will and Alex attended the Old Cemetery to assist with the Task Day. Unfortunately there had been a lot of thunder and lightning and it was deemed unsafe to proceed. The Task Day was conducted the next day and Jackie joined in. Thank you Jackie for being the sole SCF&FG representative!
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May and June Sholing Primary School.   The school were holding a WWI event for the pupils. Brenda met with the teachers and did a presentation to 60+ pupils before Brenda, her husband Den and Lona attended their event on 3rd June. It was a great occasion, the pupils were enthusiastic, singing along with Vera Lynn and dancing to Glenn Miller. We spoke to many parents and pupils who wanted to look at our memorabilia and hear about our work.
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30th May Meeting with our Patron, His Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Ivan White.   Eleven of our members, including three of our OTCs, joined the Mayor in his Parlour at Southampton’s Civic Centre to talk about our work and thank him for his Patronage over the past year. We were given a guided tour and received a talk about the history of the civic centre and artefacts (some of them priceless) on display throughout the Mayor’s Chambers.
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30th April Rotary Club (Clausentum).   Paul gave a talk to Rotary Club members at the City College Hub about the SCF&FG – our aims, the scope of the project, what we have already achieved and related some of the stories already available to read on our website.

 

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