The Community of Swale Remembers the Centenary Anniversary of World War One
Across the Borough of Swale, there are a number of projects and events being planned in order to commemorate the centenary of World War One. For further information, please visit Swale Borough Council's website.
Sittingbourne is the only UK Town twinned with Ypres in Belgium (since 1964) and has taken part in some significant acts of commemoration with regard to the Centenary Anniversary of WW1 and more recently in recognition of the sounding of the 30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate on July 9th 2015. A filmed tribute 'Sittingbourne a Town to be Proud of' was produced by Swale Borough Council, the Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Branch of the Royal British Legion and many local organisations and businesses. The Mayor of Swale will also travel each year to take part in the 'Armistice Service' with local 'School Ambassadors' under the Menin Gate on November 11th during the Centenary period.
Somme 100 - Sittingbourne Remembered on July 1 2016 - community organisations and residents came together at two commemorative events which were captured on film by Sittingbourne.me which can be viewed on You Tube.
On the Isle of Sheppey the significant aviation history has been remembered with the Eastchurch Annual Observance organised by Eastchurch Parish Council in partnership with RN, FAAA, RNA, SBC, All Saints Church and Eastchurch Primary School.The annual Observance to the birth of British Aviation on Sheppey and in Eastchurch in particular. The last event took place in May 2018 and the future of the event will be determined by the Parish Council and partners with initial aspiration that this may become a bi-annual event from 2020. It has been confirmed that it will not take place in 2019.
Each September the annual Wildfire III Memorial Parade and Service takes place in Queenborough. A nautical flagpole, commemorating the WW2 Royal Naval base HMS Wildfire III, and is sited within Queenborough Park.
The Old Forge Wartime House in Sittingbourne pictured below, where volunteers and re-enactors bring to life many key events and life styles of war time Sittingbourne. Themed open days for visitors take them on a trip down memory lane.
Faversham's Magna Carta
The town of Faversham worked in partnership with other Kent towns as part of the Magna Carta 800 celebrations with a series of events taking place in the town and the surrounding local area. The highlight of the programme was the ‘The Charter Exhibition’ staged in June 2015 when, for the first time, much of Faversham’s magnificent collection of Charters and other important artefacts, together with Faversham’s confirmation of the Magna Carta, were on display in a month long exhibition.
Faversham Town Council is developing a project to make this currently hidden history more accessible to the public which is subject to a current Heritage Lottery Bid.