Lighting a Beacon at Kedleston Hall

People around a lit beacon at dusk

This November you are invited to Kedleston Hall as we light a beacon to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. We are also holding a poetry competition, inviting you to write with the themes of peace, hope and light.

On 11 November 2018, we will be lighting a beacon at Kedleston Hall, one of 1,000 beacons across the country, to commemorate the end of the First World War exactly one hundred years ago, and to remember all those who fought and suffered.

Our beacon will be a light of hope for a peaceful future

for our community and for those who continue to

experience the devastating impact of conflict.

We’ve partnered with the Royal British Legion and the award-winning Derbyshire writer Cathy Grindrod to host an evening of reflection and tribute. Everyone is welcome to join us, but please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear as the walk to the beacon site in the park will include uneven and rough terrain. You can find out more about the evening here.

Poetry Competition

Can you paint a picture with words and use the darkness to write with light? We're looking for poems inspired by the words Light, Hope and Peace, to help us to mark this significant centenary.

Download the entry form for the poetry competition and make sure your entries are submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 31 Ocotber 2018. Entries can be made by hand, by post or by email.

Poetry Competition Entry Form (PDF / 0MB) download