VE Day Anniversary Celebrations

Newbald Parish Council would like to encourage a community day this Friday 8th May to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

As ever for such occasions, some amazing volunteers are putting in time to make this event a memorable one and to ensure Newbald celebrates in style, despite the lockdown restrictions.

The Church will be dressed up in red, white and blue. There will be display boards outside and a WW2 bell tent in order to give people a feel for what VE day would have been like. These will be there all day so people can enjoy them on any daily exercise or while getting provisions from the Church.

We would encourage children to complete VE Day themed pictures to be added to the display. Please drop these off at the Church by Thursday evening. They can either create their own designs or colour in one of the pictures available to download from our website. See https://www.newbald.com/ve-day-celebrations/ Alternatively, you can pick a printed version up from the church.

We have already sent out posters about the “Stay at Home Street Party”, which would give you the opportunity to celebrate with those you live close to. 

It may be a good idea to be outside having your picnic at 3pm as a village sing along will take place at that time. A song sheet will be circulated shortly. Or you can download it from https://www.newbald.com/ve-day-celebrations/.

There are many national events that we would also encourage the village to take part in as well, including a toast to the Nation’s heroes and a clap for victory.

Here is a proposed schedule for the village:

11am – Two-minute national silence to remember the declaration of victory and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

2pm – Meet in your front garden with a picnic to start the “Stay at Home Street Party” (or arrange a time with your neighbours)

3pm – Take part in the national Toast to the Nation’s Heroes (favourite tipple in hand, of course!) saying… “To those who gave so much, we thank you”

3pm – Straight after the toast, take part in the village sing along

7.45pm – Take part in the national clap for Victory (similar to the Thursday night clap for heroes).

Obviously there are lots of programmes on TV to commemorate the day, including a speech from the Queen at 9pm.

Also the British Legion will have a VE Day 75 livestream, including national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving. They also have activity packs for individuals and families to learn more about VE day. To find out more check out www.rbl.org.uk/veday75.