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The Diocesan War and Remembrance Pages 

On these pages you will find information about the commemorations taking place to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One which took place from 1914-1918.

Other events marking key war dates will also feature here as appropriate, for example Remembrance Sunday and VE Day. 

The very latest news stories also feature on the homepage in the news section and will be added here as well. The Church of England nationally and the Diocese locally here in Lancashire is marking the solemn occasion of the WW1 Centenary in a variety of ways between 2014 and 2018. These pages will feature relevant information and resources and will be updated as and when required.

Prayers for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday 2016

Click here for more.

Brothers in Arms

A special multi-media event, ‘Brothers in Arms’ tells the amazing story of the Chavasse twins, Noel and Christopher, highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in WW1. Their lives tell an inspiring story of courage, service, sacrifice and faith lived out under fire. 

Click HERE to watch the BBC North West Tonight report about the production.
The next performances will take place in several towns and cities around the diocese on November 14, 16, 18 and 19, 2016. Visit the events calendar on the Diocesan homepage for more information.
To book places or for more details please contact Miranda Wraithmell, Parish Mission Support Department Secretary. Email: or call 01254 503272

Archived News

County-wide commemorations of the Battle of the Somme: read coverage here.

For prayers; Eucharistic prayers and background on the death of Edith Cavell, 70 years ago on October 12, 1915 please click here
Prayer of commemoration and links to key sites to mark D-Day 70

Bishops 'Join Forces' to support WW1 Poppy Planting Initiative read more   

New resources from the Church of England, including liturgy,  to commemorate the Centenary of World War One read more
Resources from British Library read more

Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. Explore a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by historians, teachers' notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict
Other Information and resources

Click here for a briefing note for parishes about the 100th anniversary of World War One
The Church of England nationally has created a special website with information and resources for parishes and schools and anyone else who wants to mark this important anniversary. You will find it here.

WW1 Education resources from  the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales  ...

War, peace and the origins of the white pupils explore the lessons of the First World War with exciting new educational resources.

Education chiefs in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales commissioned RE adviser and RE expert, Lat Blaylock of RE Today to write a series of packages to help pupils better understand the lessons of WW1 to tie in with the diocesan church and church school poppy planting campaign and mark this historic centenary.


Now these resources - designed for Year 2 to Year 9 - have been published and are available to download for all schools to use in RE lessons and across the curriculum.

Liturgy and Services

Click here for Liturgy resources for commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One and click here for a complete ‘all-age service’ entitled ‘Remembering War and Building Peace’ from Roots resources and written by the Rev. Ruth Pyke, who is the Children’s Work Adviser in the Diocese of St Albans.  Click here for further information about the service on the Roots website.

Click here for the Churches Together in England ‘Remembering WW1’ site
Click here for The Bible Society WW1 centenary website and click here to buy a copy of  The Bible Society book ‘Hear My Cry’ - a collection of poetry, prayers, hymns and psalms.
Click here for an article entitled ‘A Theology of Remembering’ by Peter Shepherd

Other sites which may be of interest

Click here for the British Legion First World War Centenary site

Click here to find out about how to order free trees from The Woodland Trust for planting to commemorate WW1

Click here for a detailed programme of commemorative activities across Lancashire - you can also upload any of your events to the Visit Lancashire website
Commemoration Archive
Previous events and links for reference

VE Day 70
Courtesy of Westminster Abbey, please click here for resources to use during services of commemoration on May 8, 2015.

WW1 County Service
A special service was held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4pm for all in the county who wished to commemorate the start of the First World War.  Each Church of England Parish was invited to send a representative to join in this Act of Worship. 
The service involved the rededication of the rebuilt cathedral War Memorial.  Candles with the image of a poppy were blessed by the Bishop.  Each Parish was able to collect a candle for use on key anniversaries during the centenary years of the War from now until 1918. You can read a full report about the service in the news archive, accessible via the homepage. 

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