Outdoor Tent Arena

Arranged in a large circle around the site there were a number of tents and vehicles housing displays and performances, including the following:

Centre Screen Leicestershire & Rutland – Cinema

DSC_0584 A selection of films from the period of World War 1 were shown, including public information films, moving pictures of people of that era and a star of that time Charlie Chaplin. The cinema was situated in an army style tent so that patrons were transported to a bygone age to enjoy the movies as they used to be shown.

 Casterton Business & Enterprise College – Dulce et Decorum Est

A commemorative multi-­‐arts piece by Year 9 and 10 students, with specially composed original music, 3D sculpture work and physical theatre, produced in collaboration with arts professionals sponsored by Artsmark. Taking Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ as inspiration, and working with sounds, images and expressions evoked by the poem, extracts from the Michael Morpurgo’s play ‘Private Peaceful’ have also been inserted into the piece to offer a different perspective on World War I and its soldiers.

Royal British Legion – Oakham Branch

DSC_0034 Information regarding the services provided by the Royal British Legion, including a DVD demonstrating the work of the Legion and the services it can provide to serving and veteran military personnel and their families.

Catmose College – Phantom Love The Musical

A varied programme based on World War 1, also including poetry, monologue and other vocal performances by the College students. Performances at
11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.

Women’s Institute

DSC_0596 An exhibition about the WI from World War 1 to the present day, including a home economics display, photos and leaflets, and of course be nibbles and tastes to try. A celebration of the work of the WI which was as popular in 1914 as it is today.

After the Ball by Lynn Brittney

Arts for Rutland, Uppingham Theatre Company, Rutland Arts Theatre Society, Peterborough Mask Theatre, Cottesmore Players & Kendrew Barracks present a short one act play examining how World War I impacted on the lives of six people from different generations, set in a country house. The play is light hearted to begin with but the full cost of conflict soon changes the atmosphere. Performances at 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30. DSC_0132

Oakham Town Council – Oakham during WW1

IMG_8568 copy A static display telling of the formation of Oakham Parish Council, with extracts from some meetings that covered World War 1, general information about the war including maps, pictures, equipment and trench art, and a brief account of Oakham soldiers that served during World War 1 with a memorial horse shoe showing their names.

The Rejuvenating Choir – What’s the Use of Worrying? A Tribute

Set in a small piano cafe in early 1930’s a group of friends chat over a few drinks and enjoy a singalong of trench and music hall songs reminiscing of when they were soldiers and nurses between 1914 and 1918. Performances at 10:30, 11:30 & 1:30. DSC_0015

The Belvoir Wassailers – Commemorating the outbreak of the Great War

DSC_0600 The Wassailers are currently performing a series of concerts in the Belvoir district to commemorate the outbreak of the Great War. The songs are all sourced from World War 1 catalogues and include all the popular favourites from the trenches. Performances at 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30.

Acorn Harmony

A selection of popular songs. Performance at 3:30. IMG_8586 copy

Rutland Library Service

DSC_0606 Stories and fun with Rutland Library Service, including giveaways for children, picture book reading space, information on the Six Book Challenge, children’s ‘Mythical Maze’ Summer Reading Challenge and Books on Prescription for Mental Health, and a display of World War I pens and letters. ‘My Hero’ storytimes for families with children under 7 yrs at 12:30 and 2:30.

Rutland County Museum

A Call to Arms: Rutland in World War 1 exhibition, with replica handling objects and children’s ‘make your own’ World War I ID cards on our craft tables, Cottesmore History & Archaeology Group’s tribute to the men of the village who fell, and displays by The Friends of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle.

Rutland Remembers

DSC_0614 England’s smallest county played its full part in World War I. At a time when duty and fervent patriotism meant something stronger than they probably do today, men from Rutland could be found serving in dozens of different regiments and on many ships of the Royal Navy.

Rutland Open Studios

DSC_0622 Artists displaying a varied collection of 2D and 3D work, and they will also demonstrate their skills.
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Uppingham Community College

A display of students’ work related to World War 1 DSC_0636

Peace and War in Flanders Fields

DSC_0627 A display by Adrian Haigh, including ‘War’drobe, a sculpture display, ‘Peace’, drapes & hanging paintings, and a fun hands-­‐on demonstration for both children and adults entitled ‘Mud Mud Glorious Mud -­‐ nothing quite like it for Cooling the Blood….’

2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

The Kendrew Barracks based Regional Support Team (RST) of Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, will be providing information on their recruiting activities in Rutland, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The RST will be displaying their recruiting caravan, the lightly armoured RWIMIK Landrover and a selection of de-­‐commissioned foreign and organic weapons. DSC_0108

Oakham School Archives – The Great War

DSC_0635 Archive material of the 71 fallen Old Oakhamians who fell during World War 1.

Sikh Association

IMG_8182 copy A display of World War 1 Sikh Army Officers photographs. Sikh Police Officers, Sikh Army officers and Sikh Community members were in attendance. DSC_0642

Letters from A Lost Generation

Readings from World War 1 Letters of Vera Brittain and four friends (three of whom went to Uppingham School) – her fiancé , younger brother and two close friends – edited by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge (1998), read by Steve Green and Jenny Wilding, by permission of Mark Bostridge and T.J. Brittain-­‐Catlin, Literary Executors for the Estate of Vera Brittain. Readings at 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30.

Western Front Association – Leicestershire & Rutland Branch

DSC_0068 A display of illustrations and written literature aimed to promote the remembrance of those who served their countries during World War 1. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of World War 1 with particular reference to the western front.

Military Police

A demonstration of their work, and the children enjoyed sounding the sirens on the police car! DSC_0064

Leicestershire & Rutland Country Markets

DSC_0063 A display of items from the early days that would have been made in the past (but may not be appropriate now). Country Markets started as part of Women’s Institute in 1919, so not quite 100 years ago, but very nearly.

Uppingham Heritage Trail – Uppingham Remembers

A small display showing the photographs as well as information gathered so far on the soldiers from Uppingham that fell in the Great War, and also featuring areas of the Western Front likely to be visited by local school children, and Trench Art and other small artefacts relevant to the period. DSC_0656


DSC_0655 A display relating to the campaign to equip Kendrew Barracks with a number of defibrillators.

Rutland Radio

Rutland’s local radio station were here to report on the day.www.rutlandradio.co.uk DSC_0658

British Red Cross – Then and Now

IMG_8542 The Red Cross provides practical help and support at major incidents, in the community, for asylum seekers, and in making contact between families separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration. Visitors tried the Red Cross Challenge by administering CPR for 8 minutes -­‐ the ‘target’ time for an ambulance to reach an emergency life threatening incident.

Active Rutland Community Sports Alliance – WW1 Sports

DSC_0005 Races every hour on the half hour in for all the family, in the following categories for all ages.
10:30 Bean Bag Race & Wheelbarrow Race; 11:30 Collect the Water & Sack Race; 12:30 Egg and Spoon & 3 Legged Races; 13:30 Obstacle Course; 14:30 Shuttle Relays & Hula Hoop Race; 15:30 Tug of War; throughout the day – Hopscotch, Skipping, Hula Hoops & 1914 Swings.

Leicestershire Northants & Rutland Army Cadet Force

Climbing Wall – test your stamina in this basic Adventure Training Skill. World War I Semaphore Signals demo – have a go at World War 1 communications skills. There will also be a recruiting stand in support of our activities aimed at both adults and young people, including a display of World War 1 weaponry.

ABF The Soldiers Charity

IMG_8554 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was formed in 1944 and is the British Army’s national charity. The Charity gives life time support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us and in return the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides financial assistance when they are in real need.

7 Theatre Logistic Regiment (7TLR) Royal Logistic Corps (RLC)

Based in Germany until their move to Kendrew Barracks in 2013, the Regiment was formed from ex Polish soldiers after the Second World War. Although the Polish soldiers have long since retired, their heritage continues today with the Regiment proudly displaying the Polish Eagle or ‘Orzel’ as their badge. 7 TLR RLC are a specialist supply and distribution unit, tasked with sustaining the Army on the modern battlefield. On display will be examples of their current vehicles and specialist equipment. DSC_0082


A variety of food and drink was available, some provided by the Army and some from local organisations.

Kitschen Vintage Coffee Van

DSC_0041 No shortage of queues for a cup of excellent coffee from this splendid vintage coffee van!

Rutland Lions Barbecue

Another steady queue all day. DSC_0617

Army Catering

DSC_0652 The Spar Shop, Hero’s Bar and a Barbecue provided a variety of food and drink for all.

Ice Cream Vans

DSC_0619 The Ice Cream vans were wishing that there was a little more sunshine about! DSC_0659

Women’s Institute Refreshments

A good old cup of tea and cakes were available from the WI tent. DSC_0586