On Saturday 10th November Gatley will be holding our very own Peace Day, commemorating the end of World War I.
A series of events are planned for the day, including:
12.30pm – Gatley History Tour
Bernadette McKnight will tell you about the history of Gatley, from when we were all a bunch of basket weavers (!) right up to modern day. This tour has an interesting twist – and there will be information on what Gatley was like during WW1. We will be joined by a WW1 soldier who will be ‘packing up his troubles’ and taking part in the walk.
Starts at Gatley Carrs Car Park, finishes at Bethany Church. FREE – Donations appreciated.
2pm – What Has he Great War Ever Done for Us?
A talk by John Hartley, author of Gatley at War, supported by Ed from the WW1 Living History Group. John will tell you about the impact of WW1 on the village and the wider country. He’s a fascinating story teller. Our ‘unknown’ soldier will be there too, with uniform and props and interesting stories about life for a soldier in WW1.
Bethany Church. Free.
3pm-5pm – Afternoon Peace Day Tea
Following John Hartley’s talk at Bethany, take a stroll across the Green – walk past our famous poppy pole and war memorial. Take a moment to read the biographies of the Gatley 17 before arriving at the Church Hall for afternoon tea. Scoff a scone while listening to music and news reports from WW1 to finish off your historical afternoon.
St. James’ Church Hall (behind the church). £3, tickets available on the door.
Download this schedule so you have it with you on the day.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Gatley Knitwits, our resident knitting group, have created a stunning display in woollen poppies commemorating the 17 Gatley men who gave their lives during the First World War and the 22 lives lost in the Manchester bombing. It is currently on show at Me Time Hair & Beauty Salon, 78 Church Road.