Today marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day following the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Our planned event with a day of nostalgia and laughter in the Market Place could not take place.
However, still keen to join the national celebrations for VE Day safely at home, Chippenham Town Council have marked VE Day virtually by producing a video made by the community groups due to take part in the event.
You can watch the video (45 Minutes) in full HERE
Melissa Barnett, Head of Museum and Heritage Services, “I would like to thank our local community who have evoked the spirit of those who lived during the war years so well by providing content for our video at such short notice. Using recording skills only recently learned during the current Covid19 lockdown, they have created a fitting and lasting memorial to those who served during WW2.”
00.25 – Memories of VE Day in Chippenham
With Margaret Smith, Freda Curtis and Marian Stickland, recorded by Chippenham Museum
03.16 – How to Sew a 1940s Turban
With local 1930s & 40s inspired designer-makers Coupon Couture
07.24 – Virtual Vintage Tea Party with Chippenham Museum
The museum’s volunteers and Friends members share their own WW2 objects and stories
24.05 – Memories of VE Day in Chippenham
Read from ‘Blackout to Bungalows’ by Author and Local Studies Librarian Julie Davis
27.52 – Cast of Dad’s Army, Chippenham
A Project Play performance by local actors coming to The Neeld in October
30.28 – Memories of VE Day in Chippenham
By Jean Brind, read by Peggy Burgess who grew up in Chippenham during WW2
34.21 – Xpression StreetDance 1940s dance party
1940s meet the present day with a virtual performance
36.55 – Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Desna Allen
39.16 – Winston Churchill’s VE Day Victory Speech
40.56 – The Last Post and Reville
Played by local Scout groups, 10th Chippenham Scouts, Air Scouts and Sea Squad Explorer Scouts, and joined by the Chippenham branch of the Royal British Legion
43.29 – A Cry for VE Day
By Chippenham Town Crier Peter Dauncey
44.38 – St Andrews Church Bell Ringers
45.52 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ VE Day Tribute
Sung by Helen Masters of Allsorts Community Choir, with photographs from Chippenham Museum and poppies made by Chippenham WIs: Pewsham Belles, Lockside, Pewsham and Hardenhuish.
Councillor Teresa Hutton, Chair of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure committee said; “As we find ourselves in uncertain times, the VE Day anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the courage and determination of those who lived through the Second World War. We hope the video we have produced will give our community an opportunity to unite whilst isolating and also act as a lasting legacy of our current situation”
Throughout this week Chippenham Museum have also have been sharing ideas on social media and via their blog of how to evoke the spirit the war years at home by decorating with bunting or holding a tea party online. It is not too late to get involved in the party planning and the blogs can be found HERE.
Don’t forget to hashtag #VEDayChippenham when sharing your virtual get-togethers and sing-alongs.