During the First World War, Ryecroft Hall was used as a voluntary hospital with over 100 beds for injured soldiers. With this history running through the corridors of Ryecroft we have gone all out to celebrate, show our thanks and remember those who served in the First World War. We say ‘Thank You’ to all who sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation, including those who gave medical support, soldiers from across the commonwealth, RAF/RFC, Navy, munition factory workers, suffragettes who lead the fight for votes for women and the animals who went to war.

Read on to see the ways we and the wider community have been marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Our ladies have been hand knitting and crocheting poppies for a gorgeous remembrance installation. Fairfield High School for Girls had a competition to design a flag to commemorate the centenary of remembrance with the winning design being created and raised on the flagpole during our centenary service and the wreath laying on Saturday 10th November at 10:30am.

In our display cases at Rycroft Hall, Tameside Archives and Audenshaw Local History Society have curated an amazing display of World War One artefacts from within the community including an amazing vintage wedding dress made from parachute silk. Pop down and have a look to see what family history you can discover.

We will also have a silhouette of a ‘Silent Tommy’ soldier in the grounds near the memorial stone and a White Dove of Peace installation created using community hand prints to be displayed on Saturday 10th November for our part in the Tameside 11 Days of Remembrance event.

Finally, we would like to say a huge Thank You to the efforts of many in honouring this special centenary of remembrance. We hope to see you on Saturday 10th November.