Litton Remembrance Weekend

October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2016, November 2016

As many readers will be aware, this year marks the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The anniversary is particularly poignant for the residents of Litton as it will see the dedication of a permanent Memorial to the ten men from the village who lost their lives in the Great War. Most villages, large and small, have a War Memorial but until now there has been no permanent Memorial in Litton recording their predecessors’ sacrifice.

Various campaigns to erect a monument in Litton after the First World War were initiated but did not reach fruition. In 1938, a local benefactor Miss Maud Helen Penfold, then a resident of Sterndale House in Litton, donated the Memorial playing field to the residents of Litton village as “a living Memorial”.

In 2014 Litton Parish Council successfully applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance research into the lives of the 10 men from the village who died in the Great War and to erect a permanent Memorial to those men. The Memorial has been erected by Litton Parish Council at the entrance to the Memorial playing field, which is immediately adjacent to the churchyard of Christ Church Litton.

The Memorial will be dedicated by Reverend Simon White at 11am on Friday, 11 November 2016. The short dedication service and act of remembrance will involve the pupils of Litton Church of England Primary School and all are welcome. The service commences at 10:50am.

Later that day, there is a Remembrance Concert in Christ Church Litton at 6:45pm. The concert features music from the time of the Great War and musical accompaniment will be by the Litton band. In addition there will be performances by  Litton resident Richard Matthewman and by some of the pupils from Litton school. Admission is free, but by ticket only available from Litton community shop.

On Saturday 12 November, between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm, there was exhibition in Litton Village Hall of memorabilia associated with the First World War. The exhibition will also display the results of the research by the Litton FWW history project team and also by the pupils of Litton School who have been undertaking local history research. The Derbyshire Records Office at Matlock has kindly agreed to loan historical documents which give an insight into Litton village life 100 years ago. The exhibition will also include a selling display of paintings by Litton artist Mike Jackson. The Millers Dale and District W. I. have kindly agreed to serve cake and refreshments. We are grateful and acknowledge the financial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund which enables admission to the exhibition to be free to all. We are also grateful to all those who have agreed to loan items for the exhibition; should any reader also wish to loan an exhibit, please contact  Mike Renger at or via Litton shop.

The events of the Litton Remembrance weekend conclude with a meditative service led by Heather Thomas at Litton Methodist Chapel on Sunday 13 November at 2:45pm. Again all are welcome.


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