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Centenary Commemoration of the
Chilwell Shell Filling Factory Disaster

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Week commencing Monday 25th June - Commemoration of the Centenary of the Chilwell Munitions Tragedy / Explosion, exhibition and other events in church and at Chetwynd Barracks

The Programme

Monday 25th June 7.30pm
Talk in church by Maureen Rushton, author of “The Canary Girls of Chilwell”

Tuesday 26th June 6.30/7.00pm
Attenborough Nature Reserve history - Mike Spencer to lead a walk around the Reserve

Wednesday 27th June
Combined-Choirs Concert in church

Thursday 28th June

     2.30pm  Talk at Chetwynd Barracks by James McCloskey
                  Munitions and the history of Chetwynd Barracks

     6.30pm  Historical walk around Attenborough
                  Led by Professor John Beckett

Friday 29th June 7.30pm
Performance of the play “Swan Canaries” play at Chetwynd Barracks

Saturday 30th June in the Afternoon
Period tea party with jazz band St Mary’s Church grounds

Sunday 1st July 6.30pm
Service to commemorate the Centenary of the Chilwell Munitions tragedy with a silence at 7.10-7.12pm, the time of the explosion.

Throughout the period, there will be displays / exhibitions in church, many produced by local schoolchildren.
On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July there will be an exhibition in Attenborough Nature Reserve Centre which will include using willows for munition shell transporting.