The first weekend of August in Cotgrave saw the centenary memorial to the Great War. On Saturday 2nd August, the memorial display – held in the Welfare – saw a good number of people finding considerable interest in the 14 biographies of those from Cotgrave who fell in the war. The display was enhanced by items loaned from Cotgrave residents, a German field kitchen and a large model bi-plane from the residents of Owthorpe.
During the afternoon, two very interesting talks were given by Mr Brian Fernley. The very moving film ‘War Horse’ was shown in the evening and the day was rounded off by a sing-song of the songs of the time, led by the U3A Singing for Fun group, accompanied by Russ Hamer.
On Sunday morning, the Cotgrave branch of the Army Cadet Force and the Robin Hood Corps of Drums led a parade to All Saints’ Church for the very moving memorial service, which was well attended by residents of the village
Monday 4th August saw the second church service at 10:30pm. The candle-lit procession to the War Memorial was joined by almost 100 people who attended the service. Following vigils of silence and readings, at the stoke of 11pm all but one candles were extinguished and the ceremony was concluded by a reading.
A book – entitled ‘Cotgrave’s Memorial to The Great War, 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2014’ – is being compiled and will include biographies and details of the weekend, together with photographs of the event.
Should anyone wish to add their comments in the book, please contact either the Council Office on 0115 989 3876, or Ian Shaw on 0115 989 4484. The book will be periodically displayed in the library and preserved for future generations by Cotgrave Town Council.
The organisers would like to express their thanks to all who helped put the event together, loaned memorabilia, rehearsed, helped set up and most of all, to those who attended. It is hoped it will help preserve the memories of the sacrifice that was made by a previous generation to secure our freedom.