Please be mindful that community events may not take place during the spring and summer as hoped.
We are awaiting official guidance on VE Day Celebrations and will update this page as soon as we hear.
VE Day 75th Anniversary
The 8 May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly six years of war and so the 75th anniversary on 8 May 2020 represents an important milestone in our history.
It is a time to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who struggled through this dark period.
This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives, and those who returned home injured in body and mind, the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil, the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others who put their lives on hold to safeguard the home front.
The weekend celebrations will be an international celebration of peace.
The planned activities over the weekend include
- The playing of battle's o'er and VE 75 Years
- The nation's toast to the heroes of WW2
- The Cry for Peace, around the World
- Churches and cathedrals ringing out for peace
- Street parties and parties in towns and villages
- Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading of the Tribute to the Millions and the playing of the Last Post
Find out more via the official VE Day 75 website
VE Day events around the district
Caythorpe Parish Council is planning a series of small events to celebrate VE Day starting with a community walk on Friday 8 May. It is hoped that as many local people as possible will join in and walk to the Village Memorial Hall.
At the hall there will be music, exhibitions including memorabilia and photos, stories from the village, a shared picnic lunch and pipers and toasts to ‘those who gave so much’.
Edingley is very keen to participate on 8 May 2020. Plans include a community bonfire and 40's dance.
Fernwood Parish Council is organising a community event for Sunday 10 May from 1.30 to 4pm. There will be a Last Post and short service following by entertainment from Chuter Ede children, Voices Community Choir and Fernwood Amateur Dramatics. There will be stalls and local businesses and organisations will be getting involved too.
Harby Parish Council is planning a community event with Harby School, details to follow soon.
Lowdham Village Hall and Playing Fields Committee is planning a celebration on Friday 8 May, 1pm to 4pm at the Village Hall. The day will include 1940s dance lessons, 1940s singer and pianist, Toothill School Big Band, Duck Race, Inflatable Helter Skelter, Strikers, Swingboats, 1940s themed games (incl. skittles, coconut shy, two penny push), side stalls, WW2 memorabilia display, Lowdham local history society display, NFS and AFS Vehicle Group vintage fire engine display, Anderson shelter, Possible flypast by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft, afternoon tea, Local History Society Walk and much more.
Rainworth British Legion is organising a community event for Friday 8 May in the centre of Rainworth. The aim is to make the event as authentic as possible with 1940s music and entertainment, a fancy dress competition, raffles and tombola, parades and remembrance service.
Rufford Country Park
Rufford Country Park will host the county VE Day events on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May.
Southwell Town Council is busy coordinating events over the celebration weekend and details will be available soon.
Southwell Racecourse is hosting a VE Day Anniversary weekend Antiques-Fest with Field Dig Fairs over the weekend Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May.