Gloucester Cathedral announces a programme of services and events to mark Armistice 2018 and the Centenary of the end of World War One.

The commemorations begin on Wednesday 17 October with the installation of “Poppyfall”, GCHQ’s giant waterfall of handmade poppies. They will end on Saturday 24 November when Gloucester Cathedral Choir will perform the world premiere of Ian King’s setting of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “The Christmas Truce.” This wonderful work tells the story of the unofficial ceasefire on Christmas Day 1914 on the Western Front.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said “Remembrance is something deeply rooted in our souls. It recalls both the horror of war, and the sacrifice of those whose names we honour. Jesus said, ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ John 15.13. In these events we commemorate those who have done just this for us.”

Everyone is invited to join us at any or all of our commemorative services and events listed below. You are welcome to spend as little or as much time as you wish, light a candle, sit in quiet reflection or just be here, our doors are open. Full details of all the services and events can be found at: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

  • GCHQ “Poppyfall”
    Until Monday 26 November
  • Requiem Eucharist
    Friday 2 November 5.30pm
  • Cathedral Tower will be lit red for Remembrance
    Monday 5 November to Friday 16 November
  • Tommy Atkins and the Canary Girl
    Theatre performance by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Co
  • Thursday 8 November 2.00pm and 7.00pm
    Remembering the Gloucestershire Fallen
  • Friday 9 November 7.30am – 2.00pm and 4.30pm – 7.00pm
    By Severn and Somme: Johnny Coppin and the Gloucestershire War Poets
  • Friday 9 November 8.00pm – 10.00pm
    Gloucester Choral Society – Remembrance Concert
  • The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace – Karl Jenkins
    Saturday 10 November 6.00pm
  • Battle’s O’er – A Nation’s Tribute
    Sunday 11 November 6.00am
  • Remembrance Day Eucharist
    Sunday 11 November 10.15am
  • All Clear! A Choral Concert for Armistice
    Saturday 17 November 7.30pm – 9.00pm
  • The Christmas Truce
    Saturday 24 November 5.00pm – 6.00pm