Saturday 20 October - Friday 26 October

Crowborough Community Festival 2018

The Great War: Crowborough Remembers

Crowborough Remembers will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World war through a series of special events ahead of the Nation’s tributes on 11th November.

The life and times of the people who worked and lived in Crowborough will be chronicled and honoured in a unique exhibition called Crowborough’s War 1914-18. Extensive research has been undertaken from such institutions as the Imperial War Museum and using newspaper archives of the time, to bring together a fascinating portrait of Crowborough at this critical period in world history. The exhibition takes its name from the book, by local author Paul Adams, which has also provided a rich source of contemporary images.

Crowborough was home to thousands of troops billeted at the army training camps before they embarked on an unknown journey to the battlefields of Europe and beyond.

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Crowborough’s War will tell their stories and those of local families with relatives who fought, perished or survived and came home to re-build their lives.

Alongside the exhibition fascinating talks will be presented with historians from the Royal Armouries and Wealden’s WWI Project Team on hand to answer questions. And, as it is half-term week, a full programme of children’s activities is planned, including interactive and creative workshops, demonstrations and have-a-go activities for all the family.

The Suffragette Movement

The Suffragette’s Votes for Women Movement, also celebrates its centenary in 2018, so it is only fitting we encounter an altercation of the kind which took place one hundred years ago!

Thought provoking and entertaining: a not to be missed experience, as will be a visit from Rudyard Kipling, aka Geoff Hutchinson, well known raconteur and dramatist, who will provide a personal insight into Kipling’s life and recite his famous and moving poem My Boy Jack.

The week will begin with a very special commemorative concert performed by Crowborough Choral Society and orchestra and the programme will include This Human Shield, an original piece for music, voices and poetry by local composer Simon Austin and writer Nick Nye.

Old time musical hall showAn Old Time Music Hall Variety Show will bring the week’s programme to an entertaining, funny and moving conclusion: yet another not to be missed event.

Information about all the events including dates and times will be added to this website over the coming weeks. Please follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram as well as for all the latest news and updates including information on the Crowborough Remembers Art Competition and The Family Connections Research Project.

We would like to thank Big Lottery Awards for All, our local business sponsors and supporters without whom Crowborough Remembers would not have been possible.

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