Commemorating World War I

Poppy video

To mark Remembrance Day in centenary year, a moving film shows the children of St Elisabeth School in Reddish making a poppy wreath and laying it at their church in honour of former pupils who served in World War 1.


Planting poppies in schools

Manchester Diocese sent a packet of special Flanders poppy seeds to every one of our 191 church schools, asking them to grow a patch of poppies to mark the centenary. A donation from the sale of each packet went to the Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion's Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said: "We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their local communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups."





Marking the centenary in your parish

There are further national remembrance days planned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War:

1 July 2016 (100 years after the Battle of the Somme)
11 November 2018 (the day the war finished)

Our churches are well placed to play a central part in the commemorations, and there may be other dates, events or people associated with the war that resonate particularly strongly for your community.

Exhibition at St James GortonMaybe your parish has already started to plan its commemorations. If not it’s not too late to start thinking about it and there are plenty of things you could do. Does your parish church have a particular story to tell? Is there a War Memorial to research? Could you hold an exhibition or display in the church, create Flanders field using poppy seeds, arrange a talk, or set up a book group to read World War I fiction or poetry?

Many parishes held events to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1 on 4 August 2014. 

Visit for information on researching war memorials. is the Imperial War Museum centenary site which is looking for community involvement.

Special Events

If you are planning special events, please publicise them on this site using our free events listing. The main Events page will include details of all registered Events.

Briefing note for churches

Liturgy, hymns and prayers has WW1 liturgy for a range of services.

Centenary hymns by Andrew Pratt: 
Once crimson poppies bloomed 
A century passes, memories fade

A prayer to say while planting poppies


There is also funding available to support commemorative projects.

The Heritage Lottery Fund offers grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for projects exploring, conserving and saving First World War heritage.

Arts Council England has set aside art lottery money specifically to promote, enhance or commission art activity.

English Heritage & The Wolfson Foundation provide grants of between £3,000 - £30,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs towards the repair and conservation of free standing war memorials. The are administered by the War Memorials Trust.

For further information, please contact Heather Ford, Heritage & Archdeaconry Resources Advisor on 0161 828 1474 or