Armed forces celebratory and commemorative events

There are a variety of events throughout the year and across the county celebrating Kent’s military heritage and commemorating the service of men and women in our armed forces throughout history.

To mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, a timeline of Kent's residents' first-hand experiences in the First World War was created by volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Archive Centre.

The Step Short Memorial, a memorial arch in Folkestone, was opened by Prince Harry in 2014 to remember the millions of men who passed through the Harbour on their way to battle.

Events calendar 2018

If you know a significant event that is missing, contact armedforces@kent.gov.uk.

See the First World War Centenary website for more celebratory and commemorative events.

WhenEventLocationContact
25 October, 11amCommemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Corporal David Elias Tidy, C Corps Signals, Royal EngineersWest Kingsdown War Memorial, Adj to St. Edmund’s Church, Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown, Kent TN15 6AY

Martin Stoneham

martin@stoneham.org

01474 85 30 14

Contact organiser to confirm timing

26 October, 10am

Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board

Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent  ME16 8AE

Alice McClean

Alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk

27 October, 7pm to 1amDinner dance and auction in support of the Royal British Legion (ticketed event)Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone ME17 1RE

Victoria
victoria@torisfitness.com

07885 74 95 24

28 October (church service times)Rusthall - Great War Remembered (photographic display of 90 Rusthall servicemen)St Paul’s Church, Langton Road, Rusthall

Mike Bassett
mikebassett@blueyonder.co.uk

01892 543544

WhenEventLocationContact
1- 12 November, 9am - 4pmField of RemembranceGrounds of Canterbury Cathedral

Eric Hearn (Canterbury Branch RBL)

01227 768436

hearjen@outlook.com

1 November, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Marking the First World War Centenary – Prisoners of War 1914-1918

A talk and live music

Kent History and Library Centre

ME14 1LQ

03000 420 673
archives@kent.gov.uk
4 November, 2pmDedication of Garden of RemembranceGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
5 NovemberDisplay (exterior giant poppy display)St Paul’s Church Centre, Rusthall Road, Rusthall TN4 8REWendy Anderson
01892 532922
5 NovemberDisplay (giant cross made with thumbprints of pupils from St Paul’s Primary school)United Reform Church, High Street, Rusthall TN4 8RJJess Collins
01892 520582
5 NovemberDisplay (servicemen silhouettes and details placed in eight high street shops)High Street, Rusthall TN4 8RJJohn Oram
jon@oram.me
8 November, 6pmField of Remembrance DedicationLongmarket, Canterbury

Eric Hearn (Canterbury Branch RBL)

01227 768436

hearjen@outlook.com

9 November, 2018‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ (film)Rusthall Community Cinema, Sunnyside Hall, Rusthall Road, Rusthall TN4 8RARosemary Romano
01892 539005
10 November, 11amMachine Gun CorpsCheriton Road Cemetery, FolkestoneTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk
10 November, 12:30pmCommemorative Tree Planting by Greg Clark MPCrossroad – Coach Road/Rusthall RoadJenny Blackburn
jennyblackburn@rusthallparishcouncil.org.uk
10 November, 3pmGreat War poems read and songs of the day sung by children from Rusthall, St Paul’s Primary SchoolUnited Reform Church, High Street, Rusthall TN4 8RJJess Collins
01892 520582
10 - 11 November, 10:30am till 5pmRusthall Great War Village Life (Rusthall local history group)Rusthall Club, St Paul’s Street, Rusthall TN4 8RJDennis Penfold
01892 537939
10 November, 7pmOld time music and music of the day with the Carradines and Rusties music groupsRusthall Club, St Paul’s Street, Rusthall TN4 8RJTine Francis
01892 545877
11 November, 6amPiper playing ‘The Battle’s O’er’. Remembrance Service at 10:00.St Paul’s Church, Langton Road, Rusthall TN4 8XDTim Cripps
tituslayreader@gmail.com
11 November, 9am

Remembrance Sunday

Southborough War Memorial, Church Road junction with London Road (A26), Southborough TN4 0RT

Brenda Wickens

direct: 01892 52 07 70
office: 01892 52 91 76

brenda.wickens@southboroughcouncil.co.uk

11 November, 10:22am 

Remembrance Sunday

Canterbury Cathedral.  Starts with wreath laying in the Buttermarket, followed by Cathedral service at 11.00 and a march past in the High Street at around 12.15.

Civic party is by invitation only. Cathedral and adjoining services are open to the public.

Marsha Whiteway

01227 86 20 80
07590 65 01 88

Marsha.whiteway@canterbury.gov.uk

11 November, 10:30amWingham Remembrance paradeWingham High Street, then St Mary’s Church, Canterbury Road, Wingham CT3 1BB

Kerry Coltham

01227 72 21 89

winghampcclerk@gmail.com

11 November, 10:30am

Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial, The Leas, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 November, 10:30amRemembrance Sunday Service and paradeParade leaves from County Hall, Maidstone arriving at the Memorial at the Broadway, Maidstone for the Service

Mayor's Office

01622 60 21 83

mayor@maidstone.gov.uk

11 November, 10:45amService of RemembranceWar Memorial, Pierremont Park, Broadstairs, Kent  CT10 1JX

Marian Cleverley

01843 86 87 18

mayor@broadstairs.gov.uk

11 November, 10:45amRemembrance Sunday serviceAll Saints Church, High Street, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent  TN29 9DU

Angela Alexander

01797 32 09 99

townclerk@lyddtown.org

11 November, 11amRemembrance Sunday serviceThe Vine, Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 3UHAnn White

dtc@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
11 November, 2:45pmStone Parish Remembrance parade and serviceStone Parish Council, Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, Kent  DA9 9DS

01322 384440

bookings@stoneparishcouncil.com

11 November, 3pmRemembrance Day serviceWar Memorial, Castle Hill, Hartley followed by refreshments in the Fawkham and Hartley Church CentreHartley Parish Council
01474 709441

mail@hartleyparishcouncil.org.uk
11 November, 6pmTorchlit Procession.  
Last Post at 18:55
Beacon Lighting at 19:00
The Common, Rusthall Road, Rusthall TN4 8RJ

Mike Bassett
mikebassett@blueyonder.co.uk

01892 543544

11 November, 6pm‘The Local Vocals’ and Beacon Lighting, followed by firework displayManor Field Recreation Ground, Church Road, HartleyHartley Parish Council
01474 709441

mail@hartleyparishcouncil.org.uk
11 November, 6pm to 7:05pm'Battle’s Over, A Nation’s Tribute’ - events including lighting of Beacon and ending with Ringing out for Peace at All Saints ChurchGrounds of The Pilot Inn, Dungeness, Battery Road, Romney Marsh, Kent  TN29 9NJ and All Saints Church, High Street, Lydd, Romney Marsh,  Kent  TN29 9DU

Angela Alexander

01797 32 09 99

townclerk@lyddtown.org

11 November, 6:45pm to 7:45pm'Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute'John Moore Memorial, Esplanade, SandgateGaye Thomas

01303 24 85 63

clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk
11 November, 6:55pm to 7:05pm'Battle’s Over, A Nation’s Tribute’ events including lighting of Beacon and ending with Ringing out for Peace at St Paul’s Church, Appledore

Appledore Recreation Ground (the Last Post)

Mill Hill, Appledore (Beacon lighting)

St Paul’s Church (Pealing of bells)

Tracy Morgan

tracylynmorgan@hotmail.co.uk
11 November, 7pm‘Battle’s Over, a Nation’s Tribute’ - WW1 Beacon LightingThe Vine, Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 3UHAnn White

dtc@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
11 November, time tbcWWI Beacons of LightThe Beacon on The Leas (opposite Bandstand), FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 November, time tbcTBCBowhalls, Tumblers Hill, Sutton Valence ME17 3LR

Eve Poulter (Sutton Valence Parish Council),

01622 84 41 35

clerk@suttonvalence.org.uk