Flodden Peace Centre August 2014- WWI Exhibitions, Hiroshima Day and The Railway Men

Flodden Peace Centre at Crookham – August 2014

Monday August 4th 11 – 3pm 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I including three exhibitions, stained glass art installation and Solemn Ceremony

  • Till Valley Archaeological Society (TilVAS) WW1 local history exhibition featuring those who fought and died from Crookham and the surrounding villages.
  • British Legion exhibition.
  • Exhibition and Speaker, Mike Fraser on Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary during WW1 Sir Edward, great nephew of Earl Grey. Sir Edward conducted most of his government affairs from Falloden Hall, Northumberland.
  • Mike Fraser speaks on new research of local conscientious objectors and their tribunals.
  • Local musicians are invited to play during the day.
  • Poppy flowers planted in the garden are blessed and solemn commemoration ceremony.
  • Ringing of the Peace Bell
  • Guided tours of the Peace Garden.
  • Dedication of stained Glass art installation devised by Heather Fisher, in the Peace Garden.
  • Refreshments served throughout the day.

Timetable for the day:

11am Opening.

11 – 3 Three Exhibitions

11 – 11. 45am Garden: Ringing of the Peace Bell, Solemn commemoration, and dedication of art installation.

12 -12.30 Meet at Garden Gate: Guided Peace Garden Tour.

1 – 2 Hall: Speaker and Question and Answer time with Mike Fraser on Conscientious Objectors and their local Military Tribunals.

2 – 2.30 Meet at Garden Gate: Guided Peace Garden Tour.

3pm: closing, ringing of Peace Bell.

Free event – Donations divided equally between the Crookham Branch of The British Legion and Flodden Peace Centre.


Wednesday August 6th 7pm 9pm– Hiroshima Day.

7pm – A short ceremony by the weeping Pear Tree in the Peace Garden.

7.30 Introductory presentation of book The Railway Man, by Eric Lomax provided by Sabrina Maule who worked with, and typed early drafts of Eric’s book over a twenty-year period

Sabrina taught Arts and Technology at Tweedmouth Middle School. She worked for many years for Eric Lomax while he was writing ‘The Railway Man’, typing up drafts before and after Eric’s visit to Japan to meet Nagase Takashi.

Sabrina, 20 years ago, when she was at home with small children, started working for Eric Lomax, typing up the drafts of ‘The Railway Man’ and continued to work on it until publication.   She has interesting stories to tell about the experience – in particular the transformation in Eric after he met, and forgave, Nagase Takashi.

Kathy Teirnan, local published author (‘Place of Repose’), will lead the book discussion. We may be able to persuade her to bring some copies to sign and sell.  The discussion will be yours, feel free to come if you have seen the film or the book or neither! Kathy Tiernan lives in Berwick, and has worked as an English teacher, arts administrator and shiatsu practitioner. She is currently working on an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Refreshments will be served.

Free Event – Donations to the Flodden Peace Centre and towards expenses of guest speakers.


Friday 22nd August 7pm – 9.30pm screening of The Railway Man

The evening begins in the Peace Garden with presentation by George Frewing aged 11 yrs and family, of money raised during The Wooler Wheel cycling event in the spring, sponsored by Doddington Ice Cream and Borders Radio. George raised £270 to contribute to the hand carved oak garden furniture and wooden swords of the combat zone. The Peace Centre is grateful to all the sponsors and to George for making it possible. George Frewing attends St Pauls RCVA Middle School in Alnwick and is very well known for his sporting successes. He plays for Alnmouth Cricket team, as well as Nothumberalnd County Cricket; and plays football for Alnwick and the County. Cycling is part of his fitness training for squash, rugby, and golf at Foxton. His father John Frewing of Warkworth accompanied him on the 30k cycle ride. The Frewings were able to stop for a picnic breakfast and learn about the Peace Centre while on the ride.

Refreshments served in the hall, prior to screening.

7.30 pm Screening of film (112 min) Fit for viewing 15 years or more.

7.30pm – 8.30pm Guided Tour of Peace garden for those aged under 15 yrs, and any older people who care to join the tour.

The 22nd August 2014 will be the 150th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Geneva Convention in 1864 to protect the sick and wounded in armies in the field paving the way for the 1949 Geneva Convention, of which Japan was not a signatory, during the Second World War.

Free event – Donations for refreshments and the Flodden Peace Centre Garden are welcome we require a further £300 towards remaining seating and to purchase some more dark and forbidding trees at the entrance to replace some originals which sadly have not survived transplant in the early days of the garden.


Full details and directions to Flodden Peace Centre available at www.flodden1513.com See the events section and the Flodden Peace Centre pages of the Eco Museum website.


Tel: Rev Mary Taylor tel: 01896 756990


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