2016 Commemorations

From this October a number of events have been planned to mark the 101st anniversary of Edith’s death.

October 8
Norwich Cathedral  Commemoration service at Edith Cavell’s grave 11.00

Edith Cavell was buried at Life’s Green at the East end of Norwich Cathedral on May 15 1919.

There has been an annual service remembering her at the graveside for many years – the public are welcome to join in this short act of remembrance.

October 9
West Somerton church Edith Cavell – Facing the Silence (Judi Daykin as Edith Cavell – 
play by John Mangan)  19.30

Tickets: (limit of 80 places) £8 – available from  01493 393579 or on the door

Local playwright John Mangan wrote this one-hander for Judi Daykin for the centenary of Edith Cavell’s death. The EDP’s review called the performance ‘powerful and provoking’. (EDP 11.4.2015). Judi has performed it in many Norfolk locations – this performance at West Somerton Church includes an exhibition of drawings of Edith Cavell by artist John Finnie who lives in the village.

October 12
Trafalgar Square London Commemoration at Edith Cavell’s statue 10.30

The statue of Edith Cavell sculpted by Sir George Frampton stands across Trafalgar Square from that of Admiral Lord Nelson. It was unveiled in 1920. Each year an act of remembrance is held at its foot. The Cavell Nurses Trust, founded in her memory and working to assist nurses and health care workers in difficulty, coordinates the event. www.cavellnursestrust.org

October 12
Edith Cavell Anniversary London Walking Tour 14.30

A 45 minute walking tour in the grounds of the Royal London Hospital, East London, where Edith Cavell trained and worked as a nurse. Meeting Point:  Outside the Entrance of Whitechapel Station. Cost:  £5 payable on the day. Email   tina.hodgkinson@btinternet.com to reserve a place – places will be limited to 25 people. Anyone unable to attend the walk is welcome to  give a donation to Cavell Nurses Trust instead.

November 4
Norwich Central Baptist Church Remember Edith Cavell Searchlight Theatre Company 19.15

Venue                      Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street,  Norwich NR3 3AP

Tickets                     at the door £8 (£5 concessions)  Tickets from:   01603 760497

This play was written for Norwich’s 2015 Cavell centenary commemorations. It was performed in the  Cathedral and has since been seen at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

One of the Edinburgh reviewers wrote: ‘Rogers as Cavell is outstanding . I have rarely seen a performance so total in conviction’.

December 31
Walk The Life of a Norfolk Heroine – The Edith Cavell Pilgrimage Trail

From Swardeston towards the Cathedral: start 10.00

This seven-mile walk is part of Norfolk’s Winter Walking and Cycling Festival. It goes from Edith Cavell’s birthplace in Swardeston to her grave at Norwich Cathedral.  There will be a chance to see the Edith Cavell memorabilia held at Swardeston Church and to hear about some of the places that featured in her life along the way. For details of the route see http://www.cathedral.org.uk/docs/default-source/Exhibitions/edith-cavell-pilgrimage-print-at-home—low-res.pdf.