2018 will be a big year for many hundreds of thousands of people remembering the end of the Great War, in Brighton. As Patcham's War Memorial Hall, we are celebrating the end of the battle that was supposed to "end all wars" by showing how a community that works together on a positive project can make a difference. The weekend of 10th & 11th November 2018 will be the pinnacle, we hope, of our successful refurbishment project.
Saturday 10th November from 3.30pm, we will host an interactive afternoon and an indoor picnic - join in with our Peace poetry and prose 1918-2018, and Brighton Choir 'Naked Voices' singing topical and contemporary songs. The 'Patcham in the Great War' exhibition was in Patcham Library in 2014 - we'll have some of it on display alongside art and poetry work done by local primary school children and others. Suffragettes and others in period costume will mingle with the crowd and tell their stories from the GreatWar era. It's hoped Patcham History Society members who carried out the research for that exhibition, and descendants of the survivors from Patcham's soldiers, will also be with us, to talk about their research and their family history. There will be tea, coffee and WI's famous homemade cakes to purchase, and share the gossip.
At 6pm, we will finish the day with the 1967 film "Oh what a Lovely War", which was filmed in Brighton. The hall will be set up cabaret-style, and you're invited to bring snacks and drinks for this indoor picnic and screening.
Sunday 11th November we hope there will be a themed morning meditation session - details to be confirmed.
At 1pm, we'll be dedicating a new calligraphic 'roll call' of the soldiers from Patcham for whom the Memorial Hall was built, inside the Hall. This is followed by volunteers from the community planting Rosa Pax, the lovely Pemberton rose released in 1918 to commemorate the end of the Great War.
At 2-5pm, a Swing Tea Dance, with local dancers and music provided by Ralph Sayers, with a suggested entrance fee of £5 to cover refreshments and as a donation to Hall's refurbishment fund.
Apart from the Tea Dance there'll be no entrance fee, we will be asking for donations to cover the various activities, please pay what you can. We'll also be looking for you to "Sponsor Peace" by helping buy rose bushes for our garden. Our programme is very nearly finalised and things might change, so we'll confirm details as soon as we can.