Centenary of the Chilwell Munitions Tragedy 2018

Rev Jonathan Smithurst, Vicar of Attenborough, St Mary the Virgin writes: As you are no doubt aware, the centenary of the Chilwell Munitions Tragedy/Explosion occurs on Sunday 1st July 2018.

On Sunday 1st July 2018 there will be a procession from Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell to the site of the mass grave in St Mary’s churchyard, Attenborough followed by a special Commemoration Service in St Mary’s Church with a silence at 7.10pm, the time of the explosion.

In addition, in the week before the Centenary of the Chilwell Munitions Tragedy, (ie the week beginning Sunday 24 June), there are a number of events taking place in St Mary’s Church and Chetwynd Barracks.

In addition to exhibitions and activities in St Mary’s Church throughout the week beginning 24 June 2018, the programme will include:

Mon 25 June 2018


Talk by Maureen Rushton on the Canary Girls. (title to be decided) In St Mary’s Church
Weds 27 June 2018


Musical concert In St Mary’s Church
Thurs 28 June 2018


Site history and munition talk by James McCloskey. (title to be decided) In Chetwynd Barracks
Friday 29 June 2018


Arletty Theatre Company present the play “Swan Canaries” In Chetwynd Barracks

Further details will be available in due course.

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