TO MARK the centenary of the end of the First World War, a range of remembrance events are to be held across Winchester, with many taking place at the cathedral.

Below is a list of the events, and when and where they will be taking place:

Winchester Cathedral:

  • To December 14 - Box 459

Box 459 commemorates the 459 fallen soldiers from Winchester and the district during the First World War.

It has returned to the grounds of Winchester Cathedral where it started its journey around the district just over four years ago, after being commissioned by the city council.

  • To December 14 - Poppies for Peace

Earlier this year groups of people knitted woollen poppies that will now be placed on the railings in the Outer Close to recall the poppy fields of Flanders over Remembrancetide – the period of time where the church invites everyone to remember saints and souls from across the centuries.

Most of the knitters are from the Winchester area, and the poppies will, along with Box 459, form a striking impact.

  • November 5 to November 10 - Remembrance Silent Light

Daily at 7.15am, to remember those who served, were injured or died for their country.

Monday at the old Hyde Abbey site, Tuesday at the Law Courts forecourt, Wednesday at Oliver’s Battery, Thursday at the crypt in the cathedral, Friday at Peninsula Square and Saturday at the War Memorial.

All will be outdoor events under all weathers, except in the crypt.

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  • November 5 - Haydn Seven Last Words

Music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, featuring young people from various schools in Winchester.

No tickets required and the event will start at 7.30pm.

  • November 7 - The Miracle Flower

Jeremy Prescott will look at the role the poppy has played in remembrance, the controversies surrounding it, and how remembrance may be conducted in the future.

The event will take place in the Paul Woodhouse Suite at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the cathedral Friends Office, or by calling 01962 857245.

  • November 7 - War Horse

A special screening of War Horse at 7.15pm, based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel of the same name, in the nave of the cathedral.

Tickets are £10, or £7 for under 7s and are to be purchased on the door.

  • November 8 - The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse

John Brough Scott is a horse racing journalist, radio and TV presenter and former jockey.

He is also the grandson and biographer of the noted First World War soldier ‘Galloper Jack’ Seely.

This talk at 7.15pm will focus on the story of Warrior, a horse bred by Jack Seely on the Isle of Wight, taken by him to France in August 1914, and ridden throughout the war.

Tickets are £10, or £7 for under 7s and can be purchased from the cathedral’s website or by calling 01962 857275.

  • November 9 - In My End is My Beginning: tour and cream tea

A tour starting at 2pm, taking participants down into the crypt, along the nave and up onto the roof, with shows of music and poetry included.

The tour lasts an hour and a half, with cream tea after.

Tickets are £12.50 and include cream tea in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour.

They can be purchased from the cathedral’s website or by calling 01962 857275.

  • November 9 - Daring to Hope: A vigil of peace and remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War

An hour of music, poetry and reflection including the music of Winchester Cathedral choir, images of local soldiers and a petal drop from the roof of the cathedral nave.

The congregation will have the opportunity to bring a copy of a memento of a loved one to the altar during this ceremony.

No tickets required and the event will start at 6pm.

  • November 11 - Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

The traditional city remembrance service will begin at 10am, moving at slightly before 11am to the war memorial outside, where a two minutes of silence will be held.

At 6.30pm, ‘Battle’s Over’, a short vigil with a piper and the lighting of a brazier to symbolise the lights coming back on over Europe will take place.

Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street

  • November 11 - The Armistice Centenary Recalled

A dramatic recital drawing on the contemporary writings in poetry and prose to recreate the moods and passions of those involved at the time.

Featuring Michael Pennington, Pamela Miles and John Miller.

Tickets cost £18 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal’s website or by calling 01962 840440.

Hampshire Records Office, Sussex Street

  • November 6 - Dearest John: A First World War Story

At the Hampshire Record Office, this event will include readings and presentations, bringing to life the letters of Winchester’s John Baines, a young officer in the Royal Engineers.

The event will start at 6pm. Tickets cost £14 and can be purchased from the Record Office website.

The Great Hall, The Castle

  • November 9 - A Special Projection of Cascading Poppies

A remembrance screening will be projected on to the Great Hall from 6pm to 10pm.

Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley

  • November 10 - A Wartime Concert

A special concert including 20th century wartime and swing tunes at the Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel – a former military hospital.

This will take place at 3pm and 7pm.

Romsey Abbey, Romsey

  • November 14 - Concert to Remember the End of the Great War

An exclusive concert with Patricia Hammond, international acclaimed mezzo soprano, accompanied by Matt Redman.

It will include poetry and readings by students and guests of Romsey School and songs from Romsey Male Voice Choir.

Tickets are between £5 and £10 from the Romsey Tourist Information Centre or the town hall.