Armistice 100: These are the Remembrance Day services taking place in Sheffield

This Sunday, Sheffield will remember the centenary of the end of World War One with a series of Remembrance Day events across the city.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 07 November, 2018, 10:47

It was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 that the guns fell silent on Armistice Day '“ and 100 years on, Sheffield will remember those who died in combat.

Here are some of the many events taking place this weekend.

Crowds are expected to gather in Sheffield for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Barker's Pool


The city's main event will take place on Sunday 11 November at the War Memorial in Barker's Pool.

The day will begin with three pipers playing outside Sheffield Cathedral at 6am. The service at the War Memorial will commence with the South Yorkshire Police Band playing from 10.15am until 10.45am, culminating with The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Magid Magid, leading a procession from the City Hall at 10.50am.

The exhortation will be read by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Curphey of the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital and ex-service personnel together with representatives of uniformed organisations in the city will be on parade.

The Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant, Leader of the Council, Master Cutler and representatives of the services and ex-services, as well as other organisations on parade, will lay wreaths on the war memorial.


At 7pm, 1,000 beacon lights will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the UK Overseas Territories '“ and Sheffield's beacon will be hosted in the Peace Gardens.


Sunday will be the final day of the World War I commemoration on display in Weston Park, The commemoration is a  '˜thank you' to those who fought and fell in the First World War, including hundreds of Sheffield PALS. 


Also culminating on Remembrance Day is the planting of 100 trees in park sites across the city dedicated to soldiers who fought in the First World War. The first was planted in Weston Park by veteran soldiers of the Second World War. Following that, one large English oak tree will be established in 31 city and district parks while avenues of smaller lime trees are to be placed in Longley Park, Firth Park, Greenhill Park, Herdings Park and the Cholera Monument. Each of the planting locations is marked with a stone plinth and plaque.

A dedication of the tree in Greenhill Park will take place on Saturday 10 November at 11am.

For a full list of activities and events planned to mark the First World War centenary in Sheffield, please visit:


A Remembrance Sunday service and parade takes place on Sunday from 10:45am to 12:15pm  at St John The Baptist Church, Wales, Sheffield. There will be a parade through the village before the names of the fallen are read.The Last Post will be played at the war memorial at noon.


Killed In Action will take place from 10:30am on Sunday at Sheffield General Cemetery, The Gatehouse, Cemetery Avenue with a two minute silence and tour lasting around 45 minutes and ends at The Samuel Worth Chapel where you can enjoy a WW1 exhibition and cafe.


A Remembrance Sunday service will take place at St Mary's Parish Church, Handsworth Road from 9:30 to 1pm.

Details are: 9.30am Requiem Mass for the Fallen in War. 10.30am Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, with contributions by Handsworth Scout Group and local schools. Followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre with war memorabilia shared/on display. All welcome and free of charge. Half-muffled bells before Mass and full ringing at 12.30pm.


An event at Sheffield City Hall called Sheffield's Great War has been timed to begin following on from the Remembrance Day service.

A series of short talks by six local researchers, writers, academics, historians and enthusiasts will look at different aspects of Sheffield's story and crucial involvement during 1914-1918.

The event takes place from noon, with all profits donated to the British Legion. Full information at


At Western Road, Crookes, 64 Lanterns honours the 64 fallen ex-pupils of Western Road (now Westways) School.

On Sunday 11 at 4.30pm there will be a procession of 64 homemade willow lanterns from Wesley Hall through Crookes to Western Road. At 5pm, the procession down Western Road will form an 'avenue of lights' with lanterns held under the memorial trees planted on the road.

A short ceremony at the memorial plaque will follow, including reading out of the soldiers' names, some poems and a song.


An afternoon of music and memories takes place at Owlerton Memorial Hall, Forbes Road on Saturday. It will be run by Christ Church in Walkley which has recently bought the building that was built as a war memorial.

There will be songs from the time, readings of war poetry, stories of local soldiers and reflections on being a Christian soldier, as well as a minute's silence, plus plenty of tea and cake. The free event will run from 3pm.


Penistone Remembers forms part of an international commemoration, Battle's Over.

Visitors to St John the Baptist's Church on Sunday 11 between 5pm and 7.30pm can experience the sounds of wartime Britain and find out what it was like being in a trench.

They can listen to music and songs from the time, make a lantern to signify peace, dress up and have a photo taken or read letters from soldiers. Memorabilia will be on display, along with period refreshments.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post and then at 7pm a beacon will be lit as part of a national tribute called Beacons of Light.

The church bells will be rung at 7.05pm as part of a national Ringing Out for Peace.


An Armistice Day Centenary Concert will take place at St. Andrew's Psalter Lane on 11 November from 7:00pm '“ 9:00pm. It will include a performance by Villers String Quartet.


St Augustine's Church on Brocco Bank will be holding special commemorations. Firstly, the church will be open from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm for viewing the commemorative windows and plaques situated around the church in tribute to parishioners who fell in the conflict.

Also, members of the church community have researched the lives of the soldiers before and during the Great War and have found the addresses that were the homes of the fallen in the early 20th century. They have written to the current occupiers, inviting them to visit the church on the day and make a connection with the social history of their homes.


St Matthew's are holding a re-dedication of three sanctuary lamps and acolyte candles on Sunday 11 November at 10am, which were purchased in memory of two parishioners killed in the First World War. Brothers Edwin, 21, and Noel Inman, 18, died in France in 1916 and lived in the Parish of St Matthew's. Three wooden sanctuary lamps were given in honour to the church in addition to two wooden candlesticks used in the Sunday services. After years of wear and tear, the church has recently had these restored and re-gilded thanks to generous legacies and a grant. Anyone is welcome to attend this small ceremony, in particular, those who are connected to the Inman brothers.


Bell ringers in Sheffield and district will be contributing to the national Armistice Centenary Commemoration by making sure that all church bells in the area are rung at 12.30 on Sunday November 11.

The church bells at Ecclesfield, Bradfield, Walkley, Sheffield Cathedral, St Marie's Cathedral, Ranmoor, Handsworth, Norton, Beighton, Rotherham, Whiston and South Anston will join with all other bells across the country in ringing out, as they did in 1918, to mark the end of the war.

Bell ringers have run a national campaign this year to recruit 1,400 new ringers in memory of the ringers who fought and died in the First World War.

HEELEY PARISH CHURCH   Bell ringing will take place at Heeley Parish Church, 151 Gleadless Road from 12:30 for 15 minutes on Sunday. An Act of Remembrance will take place from  10:40 '“ 12:00. It will include reading of names of the local fallen from WW1.   FREEDOM ROAD REMEMBERS

Freedom Road Remembers takes place from 2pm to 2.30pm at The Community Garden, Freedom Road. The event is to remember the lives of the 19 soldiers who died in the First World War and whose families lived in Freedom Road Sheffield.


Ringing for Remembrance will take place from 9:15 to 10:00 at Mill Road, Eckington on Sunday. There will be falf muffled ringing before a Remembrance service.


St Mary's, Bolsterstone, will stage a WW1 100 years Remembrance ring from 10am to 1pm.

The ringing will take place before the Remembrance Service at 1030am and after the service at 12.30pm


Bell ringing will take place at St Leonard Wortley from 12:30 '“ 13:00 on Sunday.


Everyone Remembered will take place from 12:30 to 16:00 at Sheffield Road, South Anston. There will be bell ringing at 12.30 followed by open church with poppy installations , Path of Peace and a War Graves trail. Refreshments served


A Service of Remembrance will take place from 10:45 '“ 12:00 at 136 Slinn Street, Sheffield on Sunday. The event is a solemn reading of the names on the Memorial Board at St Timothy Crookes, commemorating those who died in the 1914-1918 conflict.


The Armistice Day Centenary will be marked in Ecclesfield between 8:30 and 19:30 with a series of events.

There will be service of Holy Communion at the church from 8.30am followed at 10.00am by a Service of Remembrance and at 11am by a memorial service at the War Memorial. It will be followed by a 6.30pm Evening Service.

There will also be bell ringing with half-muffled ringing before the morning service starting at 9.15, a half-muffled quarter peal starting after the Memorial Service at about 11.30 and ringing with the bells open at 12.30pm.


A Remembrance Sunday Service will take place from 10:55 '“ 12:15 on Sunday at the church in Linden Avenue. It will include an act of Remembrance and the names of the those on the war memorial inside the building being read out.


Choral Evensong for Remembrance Sunday will take place from 16:00 '“ 17:00 at Sheffield Cathedral.

The final service on Remembrance Sunday is the singing of Choral Evensong. A beautiful liturgy which will reflect on the Armistice and a shared commitment to the building of peace in the world today. No tickets needed, all welcome.


'˜The war to end all wars' '“ Remembrance Service will be held from 10:55 '“ 12:15 at Christ Church Fulwood, Canterbury Avenue.


A Parish Communion Service of Remembrance will take place from 10:30 '“ 11:45 at St Johns Church, Sheffield.


A Poppy Cascade service will take place from 10:45 '“ 12:00 at All Saints Church, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield. During the service a trench scene at the bottom of the cascade will be turned into a poppy field.


Stannington Remembrance Service will take place from 11:00 '“ 12:30 at Christ Church Stannington. The community remembrance service will start at 11am at the war memorial with brass band accompaniment, then moving to Christ Church Stannington.


The Remembrance Day Parade Service will take place from 10:00 '“ 11:30 at St Luke's Church, Blackbrook Road.


Mosborough Rememebrs will take place on 10 November at High Street, Mosborough.

The church will be open from 10am '“ 3pm with displays and tributes to local heroes (provided by Mosborough History Meeting Group and other local groups).

On Sunday, from 10am there will be a Service of Remembrance followed by an Act of Remembrance 10.55am at the War Memorial.


The Remembrance Sunday service will take place from 10:00 '“ 10:40 at St Saviour's Church, Manchester Road, Thurlstone, including the village's beaver and cub scouts and rainbow and brownie guides, will be followed by a short walk to the village war memorial where there will be an act of remembrance.


Lest We Forget will take place between 15:00 '“ 16:00 at Grove Road. Through the singing of WW1 songs,reading of some war poems and the reading of some of the battle accounts, parishoners will aim to commemorate the Great War centenary. 


A Remembrance Service will take place from 10:00 on Sunday at the church in Norton Lees Lane including the reading of the names of those who died form the community. culminating in wreath laying at the War Memorial in church at 11.00am.


Bell ringing will take place at St Leonards Church, Dinnington from 11:30 '“ 12:30.