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Woking 100

war and words

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, Surrey County Council's Woking Library, in partnership with Woking Borough Council, are proud to present a programme of events that look to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who endured The Great War both at home and on the front lines of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, whilst reflecting on the legacy that the conflict left behind. It is with pleasure that both Woking Library and Woking Borough Council invite you to join us in our commemorations and reflections of those who dedicated their lives to the war effort both on the home front and the frontlines.

The Woking 100 Project is supported by the Trench Experience.

Programme of events

Woking Poppy Project 2018

We are launching a poppy craft project to remember the 700+ people who died as a result of World War One and are listed on the World War One Roll of Honour, their names are engraved on local war memorials.

Between now and October 2018 we would like the people of Woking to help us make 700+ poppies so that they can be displayed together in time for Armistice Day, 11 November 2018.

The poppies can be made from any material you like, wool, fabric, paper, ceramic, card, metal, glass etc, all we ask is that they be no bigger than 10cm x 10cm (4ins x 4ins). There are many patterns available online or please collect one from the library, but feel free to be as creative as you like.

Please bring your poppies to Woking library by Saturday 13 October to enable us to create the display.

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The making of War Horse - the film

  • Wednesday 25 July, 7.30pm at Woking Library.

As the military consultant on Steven Spielberg's film, War Horse, Andrew Robertshaw was involved in the production of the film from the early days of the screenplay to the last day of filming. He even ended up with a small acting role.

Andrew, who is Director of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Camberley, a veteran of Channel 4's Time Team and an expert on trench warfare, will explore the magic of making this hugely successful film from his unique perspective.

Ticket necessary. Cost: £6 (includes refreshments). Available from Woking library or book online.

A touring production of War Horse can be seen at the New Victoria Theatre Woking from 1 to 18 August 2018.

Come and see the life-size model of Joey the War Horse made by local schools in Woking Library from mid August.

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Emily Mayhew - Wounded

  • Wednesday 29 August, 7.30pm at Woking Library.

To her surprise, Emily Mayhew found that the bulk of First World War medical records had been destroyed in the mid-1920s. Wounded, her book about injured soldiers' journeys from battlefield to recovery in Britain, relies heavily on fascinating first-hand accounts of those who cared for them – stretcher bearers, ambulance drivers, nurses and medical officers. It is also the story of how these pioneers pushed forward the boundaries of battlefield medicine to become the direct ancestors of modern combat medics. The book was shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Book Prize in 2014.

Ticket necessary. Cost: £6 (includes refreshments). Available from Woking library or book online.

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Jerry White - Zeppelin Nights: - London in the First World War

  • Monday 10 September, 7.30pm at Woking Library.

The War changes London life for ever. Women escape the drudgery of domestic service to work as munitionetts and full employment puts money into the pockets of the London poor for the first time. Self-appointed moral guardians seize the chance to clamp down on drink, frivolous entertainment and licentious behaviour. As the war drags on, gloom often descends on the capital. At night London is plunged into darkness for fear of German bombers and Zeppelins that continually raid the city. Peopled with patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, Jerry White's magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing city. Despite daily casualty lists, food shortages and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas, theatres, dance halls and shebeens, firmly resolved not to let Germans or puritans spoil their enjoyment.

Ticket necessary. Cost: £6 (includes refreshments). Available from Woking library or book online.

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Knit or crochet a Poppy

  • Tuesday 18 September from 10am to 12 noon at Woking Library.

Come and join our Poppy Knitting and Crochet Workshop. Please bring your own Knitting needles and Crochet hooks. We will provide wool and patterns or bring your own. Your wonderful poppy creations will become part of our Armistice Day display in Woking Library.

Refreshments provided.

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Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

  • Friday 26 October, 7.30pm at Woking Library.

In partnership with Woking Borough Council, a musical exploration of the lives of inspirational First World War women through original songs and storytelling. Accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard and percussion Louise Jordan brings the stories of remarkable women of the Great War through their own words and a recorded soundscape. Based on eighteen months of research and feedback from international tours this one-woman performance transports the audience into the lives of these pioneering women.

Ticket necessary. Cost: £10 (includes refreshments). Available from Woking library or book online.

Themed dress-up day

  • Saturday 10 November from 10am to 4pm at Woking Library.

Surrey Arts Wardrobe and Woking library invite both adults and children to come into the library for a world War One themed dress-up portrait experience with photographs available.

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Events for children

Summer holiday Poppy crafts

  • Thursday 9 August from 2pm to 4pm at Woking Library.

Drop into Children's library to design and make a poppy to be used in our poppy display later in the year.

Free entry to all children.

Parents/ Guardians will need to stay with their children throughout the session.