EMBSAY with EASTBY will be commemorating the centenary of the end of the GREAT WAR 1914-18.The ARMISTICE came into effect at 11am on the 11th Nov 1918
November 11th 2018 will mark 100 years from the end of the 1st World War.
To mark this occasion a number of events will take place in our community.
This year it is the turn of the Methodist Chapel to hold the Service of
Remembrance for the worshippers of St Marys as well as their own.
The Service will start at 10am. At 10.45am the congregation will walk to the War Memorial on Main Street for the laying of wreaths.
Tea and Coffee will be served in the Village
Hall immediately afterwards rather than back at the Chapel. This will give attendees the opportunity to view the ‘Displays’ set up by the local Historical Society, reflecting the impact of the War on society in general and the residents of Embsay
with Eastby in particular.
This Display will also be in situ from 11am on Saturday 10th November through til 5pm, and will include from 2pm to 3pm a totally free show called ‘BACK TO DEAR OLD BLIGHTY’. This will highlight
some of the significant events that took place at home and away during the War years.
On the Sunday the display will also be available up ‘til 1pm but will then be taken away and the Village Hall will be set up for Afternoon
Tea for all residents, friends and family from 2pm onwards. Refreshments will be light but there will be no charge. There will also be opportunity to try some of the recipes and foods that became part of the Country’s
diet towards the end of the War because of shortages.
Whilst you are enjoying the refreshments various performances will take place, both on and off stage, for your entertainment. There will be a small playlet acted out by members of the Embsay with
Eastby Home Guard under the title of ‘DAD’ S other ARMY’.
As you probably know during World War 1 our Steam Railway ran beyond Bolton Abbey and connected with Ilkley, Otley and Leeds as well as
After the War and over a period of time demobbed soldiers were given railway warrants in order to return to their home towns. They didn’t all return at once but when it was known a number would be due back on a certain train then residents
would gather at the station to welcome them back.
There were a significant number of Embsay with Eastby residents that had either volunteered, or were called up to serve, and were still alive at the end of the war. You may have heard of the Skipton
Academy students who re-enacted the departure to war from Settle station in 2014, and gained many plaudits for their performance including at the latest Grassington Festival. The master in charge of that exercise has undertaken to have a group of his students
re-enact the return by train of soldiers in uniform and in a different ‘state of repair’ to Embsay station. There will be a welcoming home performance on the station platform with a short speech by a local dignitary.
first train arrival into Embsay Station with the soldiers on board will be at 1pm on Sunday 11th. After welcoming them home residents will be able to catch an ‘old-fashioned’ bus back to the Village Hall for the Afternoon Tea
Show. (See the Bus Timetable below.) The performance of the Skipton Academy Soldiers will be repeated on the train due to arrive at Embsay at 2.30pm, again if you wish to join the Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall there will be a bus available or you
can make your own way.
More information regarding this event can be found on the steam railway website
The Afternoon Tea will finish off at about 4.30pm with a chance to join in the singing of popular and well known songs of the time.
Providing the weather is reasonable
it is then intended to re-gather around the War Memorial at Dusk, for a final acknowledgement of the sacrifice of the twenty two soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.