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WW1 Sites/Battlefields

WW1 Sites/Battlefields

This recording was done with a group from the Friends of Guildford Cathedral who travelled to the Ypres Salient in Belgium to visit World War one sites. The report opens with the historian Philip Pratley and features members of the group with their reflections and thoughts on what they had seen and heard.

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WW1 Service

WW1 Service

A group from the Friends of Guildford Cathedral visited the Ypres Salient in Belgium where they visited World War One trenches, cemeteries and heard the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. This service was conducted by the Rev Nancy Ford at one of the cemeteries.

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Bishop of Manchester marks Centenary with poppy planting film

Bishop of Manchester marks Centenary with poppy planting film

A video featuring the Bishop of Manchester planting poppies at a primary school, meeting the children and helping them link the events of the past to our world today has been released to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1.

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The Dean of Salisbury talks about World War One

The Dean of Salisbury talks about World War One

The Very Reverend June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury was invited to be a member of the Goverment's Advisory Panel on commemorations for World War One. In this interview for the Church of England, she talks about the role the Church has to play in the centenary year.

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Church plans for a thousand flowers bloom for the Great War Centenary

Church plans for a 1,000 poppies to bloom for the Great War Centenary

Poppies will be grown in the grounds of parish churches and Church of England schools across the country as an act of remembrance for the centenary of World War 1 by the Church of England.

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Cathedrals WW1 Fund

Cathedrals WW1 Fund

Cathedrals in England can apply for a grant to help with repairs to the building, as part of £20m of funding announced by the Government in the last budget. As powerful symbols of our shared history, Cathedrals will be natural focal points for reflection and remembrance as the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. It's hoped the money will go some way to getting them ready for their part in the commemorations.

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Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Wilie is one of the most well known chaplains from World War One. The Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy won a Military Cross for his work on the frontline, and when he died nearly 2000 people filed past his coffin in one day. His grandson, the Reverend Andrew Studdert Kennedy and author Bob Holman reflect on Woodbine Willie's life and his contribution in the First World War.

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Kate Adie on the Role of Christian Women in World War One

Kate Adie talks about the role of church women in World War One. She examines the role of women during the First World War and explores how they were required to take more responsibility as men went to fight.

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Altar Frontal At St Paul's

Historic Altar Frontal on display at St Paul's Cathedral embroidered by injured WW1 soldiers

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World War One Resources at Lambeth Palace Library

The Lambeth Palace Library has a comprehensive store of documents relating to the First World War. It includes letters to and from priests, Bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury, some sent from the front line.

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