Information about Elmbridge Remembers

2014 saw the centenary of the start of the First World War (WW1) and the beginning of a  four year programme to mark the national commemoration of WW1. Locally, Elmbridge Borough Council launched a four-year commemorative campaign, called 'Elmbridge Remembers', including council-run and community events and projects. Elmbridge Remembers is now in its last year. Past and on-going projects and events include the following:

Community projects

  • The Mount Felix Tapestry. This project was launched in April 2015 and completed in April 2017. The tapestry is currently on tour in New Zealand. As part of the project, a small army of stitchers around Elmbridge, and some in  New Zealand, worked in teams and alone to create the 44 panels of a beautiful community tapestry telling the story of the ANZAC hospital at Mount Felix in Walton on Thames. In the 4 years it was open during WWI, over 27,000 wounded New Zealand soldiers were cared for at Mount Felix. The tapestry is a tribute to the ANZAC soldiers, nurses, doctors and people of Walton 100 years ago from the community of Walton today.
  • A County remembers: A 4-year Heritage Lottery Funded project called 'Surrey in the Great War', driven by Surrey Heritage (part of Surrey County Council). The aim of this project is to drive and coordinate community-based research into the histories of individuals, communities and organisations during the war years. A County remembers has its own website.

Music, theatre and film projects

  • Journey's End: In 2013, Surrey Heritage was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a First World War commemoration project entitled 'To Journey's End and Beyond: the Life and Legacy of R C Sherriff', to celebrate Sherriff's life and cultural legacy, focussing in particular on his iconic and deeply moving drama, the action of which is set in a British dugout on the eve of the great German offensive of March 1918. The project was completed in 2016 and culminated in the release of the latest film version of a Journey's End. You can find out how the project came about by reading the R C Sherriff Project blog. Also view a trailer of the film.

  • Festival of Music: Brooklands in Sound featuring No Sound Ever Dies - On Saturday 14 July 2018, Surrey Arts presented an evening festival of music, poetry and sound at Brooklands Museum performed by choirs, bands and ensembles across the Brooklands Museum site.

  •  'Four Families of the Fallen'-  on Saturday 8 September at 2pm at Riverhouse Arts Centre.  Sunday 9 September at  2pm at St George's Church, Esher and at 5pm at St James’ Church, Weybridge.

    A community theatre project marking 100 years since the end of the Great War. The R C Sherriff Trust and Quick Fix Theatre will be presenting 4 x 10 minute original plays inspired by real people and true events of WW1. .

What to look out for around the Borough:

Education and exhibitions

  • Commemoration of WW1 Centenary Exhibition - August 2018 to January 2019 at the Civic Centre, Esher. Temporary display by Elmbridge Museum 

  • Women and the War Effort - from September to November 2018 at Cobham Library - a temporary exhibition by Elmbridge Museum in partnership with Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust.

  • Messages from WW1 - from 31 October to 6 December 2018Elmbridge Museum will work in partnership with 2 local schools on a project inspired by the silk postcards soldiers sent their loved ones. Children will design a postcard in the style of a WW1 silk with a message written in the role of a WW1 solider. Their postcards will be displayed alongside the original cards in the museum collection in a display case in their own schools. 

  • Elmbridge Museum Family Fun - Saturday 10 November at Cobham Library from 2pm to 4.30pm. Find out why the poppy flower is so significant and make your own poppy craft to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Walks, talks and lectures

History Walks with Elmbridge Museum Volunteers and Healthy Walks leaders:

  • South Hersham Memory Walk 1918-2018 - Tuesday 18 September. Starts at 10.30am and finishes 12pm, followed by coffee at St Peter's Church. Meet at Hersham Community Centre.

  • Cobham 1918 History Walk - Wednesday 19 September. Starts at 2.30pm and finishes at 4pm. Meet at St Andrew's Church, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham KT11 3EJ.

  • Special Royston Pike Lecture:  The Real Journey’s End by Roland Wales - Thursday 11 October 2018 at Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton 7.30pm - £3 per ticket. R C Sherriff arrived in France in September 1916, and was quickly embroiled in the trench warfare which he hated. He remained there until wounded in the third battle of Ypres in August 1917. During those months, he wrote many letters home to his parents and siblings, letters he later used as the basis for "Journey’s End" - a play which became a worldwide phenomenon, and which is still being performed and filmed today. Roland Wales, Sherriff’s Biographer, links the characters, language and events of the play - and its generally unknown Sequel - to the wartime experiences of Sherriff and his Battalion.

  • Echoes of Remembrance - a schedule of events at Molesey Community Centre in partnership of the R C Sherriff Trust, based on talks, music, film, poetry and prose. For information on forthcoming events, please contact the centre directly.

 For more information, please email Leisure and Cultural Services.

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