Oxford to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War

Published: Friday, 2nd November 2018

This year’s Remembrance Service and Parade will mark one hundred years since the armistice treaty was signed, the First World War ended, and a new world began.

The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today.

Residents and visitors of all faiths are most welcome to join the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, to mark the centenary of Armistice Day at the Remembrance Service on Sunday 11 November 2018 at the War Memorial on St Giles’ between 10am and 11.30am. He will be joined by military units, uniformed organisations, community groups and civic dignitaries from across the county.

Troops will form up from 10am at the junction of Beaumont Street and St Giles' then march up St Giles’ followed by the civic procession that will depart from St John’s College at 10.30am.

The Remembrance Service will start at 10.40am. Members of the public are advised to arrive early.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Colin Cook said: “Whilst we observe Remembrance Sunday every year, this year holds a greater significance as it marks one hundred years since the end of World War One; the war that was meant to end all wars.  This year I am really glad that we are joined by representatives from our twin cities of Leiden, Bonn, Grenoble, Perm, our new twin Wroclaw in Poland, and our new friendship link with Padua in Italy taking part in this Service of Remembrance.  The pursuit of peace is constant, and we must continue to come together as a city and as a country to work for a more peaceful future for all.”

As part of the service, BBC Radio Oxford presenter David Prever will be laying the station’s Poppy of Pride; a wreath whose petals detail messages of remembrance from members of the public. Parts of the service will also be broadcast live across the county courtesy of BBC Radio Oxford.

This year the service will be interpreted in British Sign Language. If members of the public require BSL interpretation the interpreter will be located on the junction of St Giles’ and Woodstock Road to the west of the dais.

The service will be conducted by the interim City Rector The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker; The Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford; Penny Faust of the Jewish Community; Monowar Hussain MBE of the Muslim community; Chinta Kallie of the Hindu Community; Davinder Singh of the Sikh community; John White of Humanists UK; Br. Minlib Dallh O.P. of the Roman Catholic Church and The Revd. Prof. Paul Fiddes of the Free Churches in Oxford.

Also in attendance will be the Lord-Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE, The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, multi-faith leaders from across the city, representatives from the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. Representatives from Oxford’s twin cities Leiden, Bonn, and Padua will also be in attendance. Oxford Spires Scouts will be on hand to distribute orders of service and sell poppies.

After the service the Lord-Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson OBE, and the Civic party will move to St John’s College to take the salute as the military and Royal British Legion march past.

Oxford Society of Change Ringers will ring the bells from Carfax Tower at 12.30pm to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War. The traditional quarter peal will be rung at 5.30pm to remember all who gave their lives in the First World War.

Road closures will be in place for:

  • Banbury Road from its junction with Parks Road to its junction with St Giles’
  • Beaumont Street from its junction with St John Street to its junction with St Giles’
  • Keble Road
  • Magdalen Street East and West

St Giles’ will be closed from 12.01am to 2pm on Sunday 11 November 2018. Parking will be suspended in St Giles’ during the Remembrance Sunday event.

Lone piper at Christ Church

A lone piper will be playing ‘The Last Post’ at Tom Gate, Christ Church at 6am on Sunday 11 November 2018. All are welcome to join this short event including prayers for peace. Visit the Christ Church website for details.