Diocesan press releases

Churches and communities remember the Battle of the Somme

Churches across North and Mid Wales will be hosting community events commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week.

Special services, vigils and concerts will be taking place to mark the anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One which began on 1st July 1916 and lasted for five months.

Among the commemorations are:

30 June

7pm: All Saints Church, Deganwy will be holding a Vigil with readings – poetry and prose – from the time of the Battle followed by periods of silence to reflect on those readings. The men named on the War memorial who died on the Somme will be remembered.

7.30pm: St Collen’s Church, Llangollen will be holding a concert reflecting on the battle and the cataclysmic events of 1916. The concert will feature the Glyndwr University Community Choir, conducted by Owen Roberts, performing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem interspersed with War Poetry and other readings by students from Dinas Brân High School.

1 July

7.30am: Llangollen War Memorial – people are invited to remember the start of the Battle of the Somme by blowing whistles.  At 10.50am there will be a short act of Remembrance.

11am: The Cenotaph, Hawkesbury, Buckley will be holding a short act of Remembrance.

11am: At the Memorial Gates, Panton Place, Holywell there will be an act of remembrance lead by the Holywell and District British Legion, members of the Holywell Town Council and local clergy.


6pm:  St Mary’s Church, Welshpool is holding a short service at the war memorial outside the church.

Midnight Vigil at St. Margaret’s, Bodelwyddan: the local branch of The Royal British Legion is holding a vigil from 11:00pm on 1st July to 1:00am on 2nd July

3 July

11am: Church of St Tysilio & St Mary, Meifod is holding ‘The Sons of Meifod’, a service to remember the local men who fell in the Battle of the Somme.

Almost every community across Wales and the UK was deeply affected by the loss of men who went to fight at the Battle of the Somme.