100th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War

To mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War all our villages were involved in a number of additional events.

On Remembrance Sunday before the villagers of Mawdesley had their Walk of Remembrance to the War Memorial there was a special ecumenical service in St Peters church where a wide range of people spoke about their involvement in organisations and Ian Clayton spoke about the book he has written about the men of the village. (more information on our website).



At Bretherton In addition to the Act of Remembrance in the morning they had a torchlight procession in the evening starting from homes around the village arriving at the War Memorial in time for a searchlight being lit at 7pm to coincide with beacons being lit throughout the country and church bells rung to celebrate the
end of WW1.

Afterwards people gathering in the Congregational School Room for a performance of ‘Searching for Matthew’ and a sing a long of favourite war time songs followed by tea, coffee and cake.

Croston began their procession from the Old Comrades Club and after the service the British Legion invited everyone back to the club for refreshments.

Croston Bell Ringers

On Armistice Day 1918, the parish magazine reported that, “the bells had been ringing for the greater part of the afternoon”. At that time Croston its own full band of ringers.

On the Centenary of the Armistice, our bell ringers rang for both services, but only with the support of ringers from surrounding towers, which is now the case for all ringing at Croston.

If ringing is to continue here, more local ringers are needed.

If anyone would like to have a try at ringing, please come along on a Monday practise night at 7-45 pm., where you will be most welcome.

There’s still time to pick up a leaflet and do the Croston Remembrance Walk and see where our soldiers lived when they signed up for the war. (see Croston section)

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