Forthcoming Merton heritage events



St.Saviour’s Church is currently hosting an exhibition called “The Men of Raynes Park: Their Lives, Their Deaths and Their Stories.” This has been put together to raise awareness of the war memorial at St. Saviours and the 97 men from the parish who died during World War 1. The church is hoping to get the memorial restored during the course of next year and would welcome donations / pledges of support for this purpose.
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Merton is taking part in a special event on the evening of Sunday 11 November. Battle’s Over – marking 100 years since the end of World War 1.
At 6.30pm the Mayor of Merton will host a commemorative event at the Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden. Civic dignitaries, schoolchildren, community groups and members of the public will come together to remember the end of the war and the millions who were killed, wounded or traumatised during the conflict.

At 6.55pm Merton will take part in a nationwide act of remembrance – the civic centre will be one of more than 1000 locations across the UK where buglers will sound the Last Post. At 7pm a Beacon of Light will be lit by the Mayor of Merton in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

At 7:05pm Merton churches and community facilities will ring their bells as part of a national “Ringing Out for Peace” organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Members of the public attending the event are also encouraged to bring their own bells, whether hand-bells, bicycle bells, or even bell sounds via mobile phone apps to join in this peal for peace.

The event will also feature singing from a community choir and the projection of portraits featuring just some of the 2000 war dead commemorated on local war memorials and Commonwealth war graves.

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