Churches Together in Thirsk

Churches Together in Thirsk
Quaker Meeting House
24 Kirkgate
Thirsk
N Yorks
YO7 1BL
England

Website

E-mail

jeremyshaw2013@gmail.com

Telephone

0184 55 22 974

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An exhibition with the theme “Choices 1914” will be held 4-8 August in Thirsk Quaker Meeting House. Names of men on the local war memorials and their final battles will be displayed and we have photos from 1914 of patriotic parades in Thirsk.

In 1914, there was still a choice for local men. 80% joined up, but there were an anti war demonstrations in Thirsk. Nationally, 16 000 became conscientious objectors, 16 of them imprisoned in nearby Richmond Castle. We have an account of the Friends' Ambulance Service, photographs of their prison graffiti and diary entries of their capital trials. 600 000 joined the Union of Democratic Control, funded by the Frys and Rowntrees of York, and we have their calls for an immediate negotiated peace.

Venue Type:

Association or society, Campaign or initiative, Sacred space

Opening hours

10-4 August 4-8
Wheelchair friendly

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

We are opposite the James Herriot Centre in Thirsk. From London, take the A1 to Dishforth and the A168 to Thirsk. Park in the Cross Keys car park. The nearest train station is Thirsk. There is a regular service from Manchester and Newcastle Airports.

Additional info

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a talk on the choices that the Government and ordinary people had in August 1914

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of ww1 soldier headstone

Service for Peace

  • 3 August 2014 7-9pm

On the evening of Sunday 3rd August, Rev. Nicky Carnall will be leading a service for peace in St Oswald’s Sowerby.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of ww1 soldier headstone

First World War Centenary Commemorations in Thirsk

  • 4 August 2014 10:30-11:30pm

At 10:30pm on the evening of Monday 4th August, we will mark the exact moment, 100 years before, when war was declared.

There will be a candlelit service in the Market Square, led by the Richard Rowling, the Archdeacon of Teesside and Rector of Thirsk. At 11pm, the candles will be blown out and there will be a minute’s silence, followed by the last post.

We are hoping that lights will go out all over Thirsk for a minute, too, as an echo of Sir Edward Grey’s: “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time”.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of ww1 soldier headstone

British Legion Band

  • 4 August 2014 10:15am-12pm

Starting at 10:15 on the morning of Monday 4th August, the British Legion Band will play a medley of World War favourites in the Market Square.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photogrpah of world war one graves

Choices 1914

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Explore the exhibition and decide which choice you would have made in 1914, and Find out what the consequences of your decision would have been at the end of the exhibition.

The interactive exhibition will display details of the men whose deaths are listed on all the district’s War Memorials, and ephemera of the time including posters and articles.

You can also discover the conscientious objectors’ point of view. On display will be the diary that one wrote awaiting execution in Rouen and other accounts and papers from the Bradford Peace Museum.

Which fate would you have chosen?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.thirskchurchestogether.co.uk/

Getting there

We are opposite the James Herriot Centre in Thirsk. From London, take the A1 to Dishforth and the A168 to Thirsk. Park in the Cross Keys car park. The nearest train station is Thirsk. There is a regular service from Manchester and Newcastle Airports.

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