A service was held on 10th August, at St John’s Church, Staveley, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The service was conducted by the Rev. Stephen Jones, Rector of Staveley, and was attended by the Mayor of Chesterfield, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, dignitaries and community representatives. Music was provided by the Ireland Colliery Band and the St John’s Choir.
The candle-lit vigil at St Andrew’s Church, Barrow Hill, on Sunday 3rd August included readings, poetry, music and reflections by local community representatives, relatives of casualties and pupils of local schools. Candles were also provided for people to take part in the national “Lights Out” event on 4th August.
A World War I Reminiscence Coffee Morning was held at Staveley Library on 17 July. This was a free event where visitors were treated to coffee and cakes and had time to chat, view books, displays and photographs. Amongst the visitors were several people who had relatives on the Parish Memorial.