14-18 Working Group
The 14-18 Town Council Working Group has been established to discuss proposals to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War in August 2014, key points during the period and Armistice Day in 2018, and to identify the Town’s involvement and progress it.
The Working Group are working on a number of ideas that will enable the town to engage in remembering, or being educated about, the Great War. Any events or projects will be advertised through the normal channels, including on this webpage. If you would like to be involved then please contact the Town Council.
Events and Projects already planned
The Peace Dividend, the final event in a 4 year commemoration of the 1914-1918 War. In the Corn Exchange from 2nd November to the 5th November 2018 9.30am to 4pm. The display will remain in the Corn Exchange until Sunday 11th November 2018.
Khaki Kanteen 31st August & 1st September 2018 in the Corn Exchange from 9.30am to 4pm.
Khaki Kanteen 13th & 14th July 2018 in the Corn Exchange from 9.30am to 4pm. This will focus on the Royal navy from 1914-1918.
Trenches & Tanks Exhibition in the Corn Exchange from Friday 17th November to Monday 20th November.
Khaki Canteen 30th September 2017 in the Corn Exchange from 9am to 4pm.
Khaki Canteen 15th July 2017 in the Corn Exchange from 9am to 2pm.
WW1 Communications Event in the Corn Exchange.
24th and 25th June 2017, 10am to 4pm
The Royal Signals Museum are staging this event as part of the 14-18 Working Group. Communications – the difference between victory and defeat? There will be interactive “hands-on” displays and activities illustrating WW1 communications.
The Famous Matchstick Fleet in the Corn Exchange
Friday 19th May 2017 to Monday 22nd May 2017
The Fleet Sails into Blandford Forum for the last time. The world famous Matchstick Fleet will berth in the Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum for probably the last time on Friday 19th May to Monday 22nd May 2017. The Matchstick Fleet has been built over 60 years by Mr Phillip Warren, a Blandford man and has exhibited all around the UK and has attracted international interest. Phillip has built over 400 models of 1:300 scale of ships of the Royal Navy and the United States Navy. Do not be fooled by the term Matchstick ships, these are incredible scale models made with amazing detail right down to the aircraft on the Aircraft Carriers. Some take over a year to build using a ruler, razor blade and glue and are over three feet long in some cases. Phillip Warren has indicated thata he may be retiring the fleet (many of the actual ships modelled are already retired) and this may be the last time to view then for free in detail with Phillip there himself to talk about them. Blandford Forum Town Council’s 14-18 Working Group is hosting the exhibition and in addition the Blandford Model Railway Club will have their Somme diorama there to view. Refreshments will be available from the WW1 Group’s Khaki Canteen. The FREE exhibition will be open between 12 noon and 4pm on Friday 19th May and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st and from 10am to 1pm on Monday 22nd May 2017. Call 01258 480756 for further details.
For further information please contact the office.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DATES AND EVENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION SHOULD FUNDING BIDS PROVE UNSUCCESSFUL.
If you are planning a project or event for the centenary of the First World War and would like the information to be published on this website please contact Blandford Forum Town Council.
IF YOU ARE CARRYING OUT GENEALOGY RESEARCH RELEVANT TO THE FIRST WORLD WAR, PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWN COUNCIL TO AVOID ANY DUPLICATION OF WORK OR TO SHARE INFORMATION IN PREPARATION FOR THE CENTENARY.
Last modified: June 22, 2018