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2018 Events and Activities Archive

2 – 28 July 2018 Textile Artwork Exhibition Henry Bloom Noble Library, Douglas The Isle of Man Remembers ... World War One

A Community Created Commemorative Textile Artwork and Exhibition

World War One ended on 11 November 1918. Official records show that 8,261 local people enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

Across the World, red poppies signify Remembrance, particularly for the Great War, during which the "In Flanders Fields" poem was written, and the symbolism was born.

We sought the public contribution of 2,152 poppies, one for each person fallen or injured from the Island. We have received over 5,000... each one handcrafted by willing people of all ages and abilities.

A huge textile panel depicting the Manx Flag, in commemoration of the sacrifices made by our local people during World War One, is now under construction!

With thanks for the support by the Isle of Man Arts Council, the panels filled with poppies will be displayed in the windows of the Henry Bloom Noble Library during July 2018.

Gill on +44 1624 830332


Facebook: WW1ProjectIOM

24 – 28 April Play 'For The Fallen' focusing on life in the Isle of Man during World War One Ballakermeen Studio Theatre The play has been rated as 16+ and will be performed in a style that will give audiences an opportunity to see a production in a more intimate setting. Tickets priced £10.

Saturday 17 April 2018 RAF100 Ball Empress Hotel, Douglas RAF Association (IOM Branch) are holding a Ball to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the RAF
7pm - Tickets £50 All welcome

Ticket information:

Jane Kelly
+44 1624 499291

July 2017 to September 2019 Honouring Ramsey's Fallen Ramsey War Memorial Ramsey Town Commissioners will place a small wooden cross at the Ramsey War Memorial and observe a minute's silence observed to honour those who lost their lives during the Great War

See the full list of dates 

Manx Radio show: Remembering Ramseys War Fallen

Ramsey Town Commissioners
+44 1624 810100

Ramsey Branch Royal British Legion – Mr D Llewellyn 
+44 7624 453817
Friday 14 September 2018 Battle of Britain Concert St George's Church, Douglas RAF Association (IOM Branch) are holding a concert to Commemorate the Battle of Britain
7pm - All welcome
Jane Kelly
+44 1624 499291
Sunday 16 September 2018 Battle of Britain Parade and Church Service St George's Church, Douglas Battle of Britain
Parade to commence 10.30am
Church Service to commence 11am - All welcome
Jane Kelly
+44 1624 499291
Wednesday 19 September 2018 Rayner Hoff – the Manx Sculptor that Britain forgot: Public Lecture by Deborah Beck Manx Museum One hundred years ago, Rayner Hoff was in France, serving in the British Army in the Great War. Manx-born, Hoff is best known for his moving sculptures on the Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia, but little is known about his formative years in the United Kingdom. Deborah Beck, author of, Rayner Hoff – The Life of a Sculptor, will explore his eventful life in the UK, his meteoric rise as a prominent star of the art world in Sydney and explain why this talented sculptor left the UK to move to Australia in 1923.
The event will include an opportunity to have your book signed by Deborah on the evening. A limited stock of books will be available from the Manx Museum Shop
Tickets £10, available from Manx National Heritage
Sunday 4 November 2018 MNH Gallery of Military History Manx Museum
Saturday 10 November 2018 Festival of Remembrance Villa Marina 7pm
Sunday 11 November 2018 Battle's O'er War Memorial War Memorial, then leave and the Dean will read a short message, 10.30am Eucharist of Remembrance with silence at 11am, 3.00pm Royal British Legion Service followed by placing of poppies at War Memorial
Sunday 11 November 2018 National Service St Johns Church Members of the public wishing to attend are asked to be seated in the church no later than 2:45pm
Sunday 11 November 2018 Ringing out of Peace St George's Church, Douglas 6:30pm church service to commemorate the end of the Great War
Sunday 11 November Battle's Over - Ringing out for peace The Cathedral bells will ring out
A Community Created Commemorative Textile Artwork and Exhibition – a huge textile panel depicting the Manx Flag made from 2,152 poppies each one handcrafted by people of all ages and abilities.
Douglas Borough Council is doing the following to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War:
  • A permanent poppy has been installed on Douglas Head and replaces the previous planted poppy. This has been achieved with the support of the Manx Lottery Trust
  • Five ‘poppy’ benches have been commissioned locally and installed; two at the war memorial on the Promenade, two at the Town Hall in Ridgeway Street and one opposite the permanent poppy on Douglas Head
  • A large poppy wreath containing 100 poppies was created in metal and installed for this year in the Marine Gardens together with three ‘there but not there’ Tommy silhouettes
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