Battle's Over at Ashridge

A beacon flaming in the dark

The Ashridge Estate will be joining the nationally organised tribute to the millions killed or wounded in the First World War by holding a free commemorative event on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018, marking 100 years since the end of WWI.

Commemorative trail

The First World War had a significant impact on villages close to the estate, including Ivinghoe, Pitstone and Edlesborough. Many of the men in these communities who went off to fight never returned.

To mark their sacrifice, we'll be setting up a commemorative trail on Ivinghoe Beacon from 2pm-4pm on Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sunday. The route will be marked by individual stones, carefully painted by local people with the name and village of those who died. Children will be able to paint their own commemorative pebble in the day to place on the Beacon.

We’ll also be remembering the men from the Inns Court Regiment, who trained on Ivinghoe Beacon in preparation to be sent to the front, along the trail. Although not local, these men were an important part of the local communities near the estate. It’s therefore important that we mark their bravery as well.

View of Ivinghoe Beacon from footpath
Ivinghoe Beacon
View of Ivinghoe Beacon from footpath

Remembering the millions

Battle’s Over mainly takes place on Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November. From 6pm, there’ll be an opportunity to buy food and drinks in the Beacon car park. This is an opportunity to come together before the beacon is lit at 7pm.

We are lucky to have the Beacon Community Choir who will be performing their special tribute at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a reading of the moving poem ‘Tribute to the Millions’. For those with limited mobility, this reading will happen in Beacon car park as well as on top of Ivinghoe Beacon.

A field of poppies
A field of poppies
A field of poppies

Beacon lighting

The event will culminate in the lighting of a beacon on Ivinghoe Beacon at 7pm. This is part of a national event where beacons will be lit across the country. The spectacular display of light symbolises the end to the darkness of war and celebration of the light of peace.

Additional information

Please bring a torch for the walk up and down the Beacon as there'll be very little lighting. We would also like to get an idea of the number of people attending this event on the Sunday evening. If you would like to come in the evening, please email ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01442 851227 to let us know.