The week-end of 9-11th November marks the solemn 100-year anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. 

In Malmesbury, this important commemoration will be marked a series of public events.

Our acts of remembrance will encompass all those whose lives were lost and devastated in the years of war. Consequently, we are pleased and proud to announce that joining us are delegations from our twin towns of Gien in France and Niebull in Germany. 


These events will be led in Malmesbury by our Mayor, Councillor Fran Vandelii. She will be joined by the Bergermeister (Mayor) of Niebull and Deputy Mayor of Gien and senior residents of our French twin town. In turn our Deputy Mayor, Councillor Julie Exton will lead the Malmesbury delegation to join the Council Leader of Niebull at events of commemoration in Gien.

Our Acts of Remembrance and Reconciliation begin with the unveiling of a memorial plaque. The plaque carries a statement in English, French and German and the badges of the three towns. It will be placed at the site of five commemorative oak trees planted in St. Aldhelm’s Mead. Each mark one year of the conflict which started in 1914 and ended in 1918.

This special weekend ends on Sunday evening - 100 years on to the day of the Armistice coming into effect to end the First World War.

On Sunday 11th November, three events will mark this historic anniversary, and all are welcome:

The first will be at 10am when wreaths will be laid at the Remembrance Gates at the entrance to St Aldhems Mead. 

The second will see ‎our European guests join members of the Town Council, Warden and Freeman and distinguished guests from across Wiltshire in processing from the Town Hall to Malmesbury Abbey. There they will join those already present for the Service of Remembrance starting at 2.30pm.  

Finally, at 6.30pm Town Councillors and our guests will gather for the ceremony of Beacons of Light at Malmesbury Abbey.  In doing so Malmesbury will join the national programme to end the commemoration of this historic day.

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