This year is special for Queensbury in the fact that our unloved and forgotten War Memorial has been improved by a plan, formed by a committee of villagers and carried out by Bradford Council to remove the ugly bus stop and improve the immediate area.
To commemorate the 100 yr anniversary of the Armistice for WW1 The Queensbury History Society plan to honour the 153 men, (known to date, research is ongoing to ascertain if there are others), who died from Queensbury throughout the Great War.
To do this we will place a named knitted poppy installed on a background (villagers have knitted poppies) on the Memorial prior to the 11th November (Thursday 8th Nov. proposed)
Also 153 stemmed poppies in the new planters at the memorial. In addition purple poppies will be planted along the red to remember the 16 million animals ( eight million Horses died) who also served, all knitted by the Fox club Purlers (the out of school knitting club at Foxhill school Fox club ages 8-10yrs).The pupils have knitted all the heads and some of the stems.
We will also mount a display of research about Queensbury in the Great War, the soldiers (not just the ones who died) compiled over many years by Mrs Sheila Thornton (Archivist History Society) and joining us will be Andrew Mitchell (Military War Historian) who will display his research alongside.
This will be in the Lady Chapel and the entrance to the Parish Church 9th-12th November.
Andrew will also guide Grave tours which will be held in the local cemeteries and these will be lit with a candle. Walks will last approx one and a half hours
Dates for your diary
27th Oct Sat. Queensbury cemetery walk. Meet Parish Church gates 10.30.
Saturday 3rd Queensbury cemetery walk. Meet Parish Church gates 10.30.
Friday 9th History display. Parish Church 10.00 – 12.00.
Union Croft Cemetery walk. Meet Union Croft church gates 14.30.
Candle Service and Act of Remembrance. Meet at Parish Church 18.30, walk down to the cemetery for a service commencing around 19.00. Final candle lighting, wreath laying and the sounding of the last post. Refreshments afterwards in the church and a short talk on the fallen.
Sat 10th History Display. Parish Church 10.00- 13.00 and 17.00-19.00.
Queensbury cemetery walk. Meet Parish Church gates 10.30 and 13.00.
Sun 11th History display. After remembrance service, the Parish Church will be open until 16.00.
Sat 24th Queensbury Cemetery walk. Meet Parish Church gates 10.30>