FOUR free events are to be staged by the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion to mark the Remembrance period.
An illustrated talk entitled “1st July 1916: The aftermath of the day that changed our nation’s history” by photographer and battlefield guide Mike St Maur Sheil will be held at Henley town hall on Thursday (October 27) at 7.30pm.
The following day a photographic exhibition called Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18 will be launched at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Upper Market Place.
The exhibition, by Mr St Maur Sheil, tells of the healed scars of the First World War through the only living witness, the battlefields themselves. It will run from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, November 13.
The launch of the town’s Poppy Appeal will take place in Falaise Square on Saturday, October 29 from 10.30am.
Sam Brown and her ukulele players will be providing entertainment in Market Place during the morning. The Mayor, Julian Brookes, will buy the first poppy at 11am.
The final event will be screening of the Battle of the Somme film at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road on Tuesday, November 8, starting at 8pm.
The film is being shown in conjunction with the First World War Partnership and the Imperial War Museum.
It is a pioneering battlefield documentary that was seen by about 20 million people after it was released in August 1916, barely a month after the events it depicted.
For the talk you may turn up on the night but it would be appreciated if you would let Poppy Appeal organiser Shirley Lees know by calling 07775 893148 or emailing
For the film, call Stan Ainsley on 07935 755905 or email