First World War Remembrance Day at Ormesby Hall

Poppies in a field

On Sunday 11 November join us to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War. Working with Teesside University, St Cuthbert's Church Ormesby, Middlesbrough Little Theatre Group and Harlequin History we will be holding a day of remembrance activities.

Jim Pennyman of Ormesby Hall survived the First World War despite being shot in the chest in 1914 and the bullet becoming lodged in his lung, but other family members and some men of Ormesby village did not come home.

On Sunday 11 November, Remembrance Day, we are holding a day of remembrance with activities throughout the day ending with the lighting of a beacon at 7pm.


Dear Mrs Pennyman: Reflections on Grief exhibition

See replicas of the letters written to Mary Pennyman by war widows and mothers who lost loved ones during the war. The exhibition shines a light on the women at home and the grief they endured during and after the war.


Remembrance Poppy Display

We have received and knitted over 700 knitted poppies from the Ormesby Hall knit and chat group and also from people who have kindly sent them to us. These knitted poppies will be on display in the Dining Room as a central feature on the table, along with the information of the local men who were never came home.

St Cuthbert's Church, Ormesby

At 11am St Cuthbert's Church will be having their annual Act Remembrance service and in the churchyard they shall be laying wreaths on the war memorial, joined by different regiment representatives in a minutes silence. Following the remembrance service you are welcome to head inside the church for refreshments. The church will remain open all day on Sunday 11 November for people to go inside for a moment of peace, reflection or remebrance and to see the First World War and Pennyman family memorials which lie within.

At 5pm join us inside the atmospheric church to hear Middlesbrough Little Theatre Group read the letters written to Mary Pennyman.

Sergeant Major

To gain insight into the life of a soldier all visitors can undertake the First World War assault course and see if they would've had what it takes to be a soldier serving in the First World War under the watchful eye of the strict Sergeant Major.

Beacon of Light

Before we light the beacon at 7pm we will hear the last post, then the 11ft beacon brazier will be lit followed by a minute's silence and the reveille, then Jen the vicar from St Cuthberts Church, Ormesby will read a dedication.

On Sunday 11 November normal admission will be free, as Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to all come together.

The tea room will be open for food and beverages along with Grange Hog Roast on the front lawn from 5pm.

We hope to share this day of remembrance with many of you.