World War I Armistice Centenary Commemoration

    There are three events planned to mark the Centenary of the World War Armistice.

    An Evening Of Music & Literature

    Tuesday 6 November at 19:30 in St John’s Church.

    Doors open at 18:45.

    To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I, pianist and  Stansted resident Charlie Forrest will be joined by soprano Sarah Gabriel to present a dramatic, thought-provoking and entertaining concert that fuses music, poetry and drama. To honour the fallen and count the cost of their sacrifice, they will perform excerpts by Siegfried Sassoon, Dorothy Parker and Spike Milligan interspersed with music by Ivor Novello, George Butterworth and Pablo Casals.

    Charlie has an impressive CV including regularly recording and broadcasting with the BBC Concert Orchestra and performing live with Tom Jones and Paloma Faith at the BBC Music Awards.

    Sarah also has many impressive achievements, too numerous to list here but look on her website to get an idea of the stature of our performers.

    There is no entrance fee and you don’t need a ticket but we suggest you get there early to get a good seat. There will be a retiring collection for service charities.

    Refreshment will be available.

    Friday 9th November

    On Friday 9 November we have arranged for Saffron Screen to show the film “Journey’s End” in St John’s Church starting at 7.30pm. The Guardian describe the film as “an unassumingly excellent new film version of RC Sherriff’s classic 1928 stage play. It is expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt. The dramatic action is opened out, while always conveying the essential, cramped claustrophobia of this tragic ordeal.”

    Tickets will be available on the Saffron Screen website, from the Parish Council Office at Crafton Green or from Absolute Travel on Chapel Hill.

    Ticket prices are £6.00 for adults and £4.00 for under 18s. The ticket revenue goes to Saffron Screen so again there will be a collection for service charities.

    Friday 11th November

    The traditional act of remembrance on ” the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” will actually fall on the Sunday for the Centenary so it will be a particularly poignant event this year. There will be a church service at St John’s starting at 10.15am. At 10.55 the congregation will process to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance. Residents who do not wish to attend the church service are very welcome to join the Act of Remembrance in the Memorial Gardens as usual. There will be a retiring collection in aid of service charities.