In November there will be various events to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. These have been planned by the History Group, Burton Environment Group, HD8 Voices with HD8 Angels and Burton Craft group. This is another example of the whole village working together to a common aim.

On Thursday 8th November 2018 All Hallows Church, Kirkburton will host an event to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. The Kirkburton History Group will display a replica of the Memorial Board which was commissioned to honour the 400 Kirkburton servicemen who fought during the 1914-1918 conflict. There will also be readings of some of the war poetry written during that period. Refreshments will be served during the interval.

HD8 Voices and HD8 Angels will be putting on a performance on that evening, singing a selection of songs from that era – “ Pack up your troubles”,” It’s a long way to Tipperary” etc. There will also be a couple of soloists, and WW1 poetry readings. It is hoped that a group of HD8 Angels will sing “Run, Rabbit, Run”.

Burton Crafters have been busy making 72 red hearts, each one embroidered with the name of the 72 local men who never returned from the war, some as young as 18. The work has been inspired by a therapy which was prescribed for soldiers injured and in hospital during the First World War. During their recuperation, the servicemen were given hearts to embroider, to send home to loved ones. These will be displayed along with the history group exhibition. The ‘knit and natter’ group have helped by knitting some hearts.

Burton Environment Group started off with a relatively modest proposal to revitalise the planting area next to the War Memorial in Kirkburton by gathering fallen rocks from Town Quarry and using them to represent the 100 years since the end of the First World War and the nigh on 100 local men who have given their lives in defence of their country since the beginning of that conflict. Then the Cobbett Trust suggested that, because of the strength of the metaphor and the potential for broad community involvement, they might be able to fund an enlarged proposal for rejuvenating the Memorial Garden if we could also raise match funding. The community got behind the idea and raised the £3,000 needed to draw down the £9,000 grant.

Some of the stone gathering has been done – manfully assisted by the Kirkburton Cougars rugby league team – and the planting area has been excavated. Because the available stones are all shapes and sizes the final layout will very much depend on how they work both individually and together in situ. But we very much want to retain the idea of the stones being ‘shoulder to shoulder’ like the men they represent.

Most of the work – which will include the transformation of the large grassed area beyond the Memorial into an informal study/contemplation/relaxation area including picnic benches and a herb garden – will have been done in July.

But there is certainly lots to do before November if we are to have a truly fitting setting for all the poppy tributes being made by local schools and community groups as they stand before their villages’ War Memorial on the 100th anniversary of that most fateful of days. We are hoping to light up the whole memorial, as a mark of respect, in the month of November.

It’s not too late to get involved – ring Anna Boden on 606996, or Robert Walters on 603804.