2019 Commemorations

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Edith Cavell Flower Festival, Swardeston, October 12th and 13th 2019.

A special Festival is held in the church and its surroundings every other year in Swardeston, the home village of Nurse Edith Cavell (1856-1915).

Our two-day 2019 Festival runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday October 12th and Sunday 13th

  • The beautiful medieval church will be filled with twenty five flower arrangements on the theme ‘A Day to Remember’.
  • Unique material from our Cavell archive will be on display, along with exhibitions about Edith Cavell’s life.
  • Music associated with her will be played in the church.
  • Visitors can use a newly created map to walk around the village and see places she will have known. This map will be used on guided walks led by the Cavell archivist Nick Miller at noon and 3pm on both days (the walk will last about 40 minutes).
  • There will be a variety of home-made food for a tasty lunch or coffee break.
  • Try your luck at our Raffle and our Tombola
  • Visit the produce stall for home made cakes, jams, chutneys and more  and other stalls
  • Children will love the treasure hunt!!
  • On SUNDAY morning there will be a service from 09.30 – 10.30 in St Mary’s with some special elements relating to Edith.

Enquiries to enquiry@edithcavell.org.uk  or 01508 578468

Entry: £2 for adults, to include a programme of the Festival and information on all the floral displays. Children under 16 come in for free.

Directions to the Festival

The postcode for the church is NR14 8EB. This covers a wide area on the west side of the village and the Common.

If you are coming from:

  1. Norwich

Take the A140 leading down towards Ipswich. After the South boundary of the city the B1113 to the right heads towards Mulbarton. Swardeston is about 2 miles along this road. At the start of the village at the Village (Cavell!) sign turn right down Short Lane. Follow this down round a left hand corner and up the rise on the other side of it. You pass the cricket pitch on the common on your left – take the left at the duck pond and park up by the Village Hall. The walk to the church and Festival is about 200 yards and is level access on a gravel drive marked on a fingerpost

  1. The south east of Norwich

Come up the B1113 through Mulbarton. Come (slowly!) into Swardeston. When you see Fruit Cakes Bakery on your right turn left along Brownes Lane. Follow this round and park on the concrete opposite the Village Hall or nearby. The walk to the church and Festival is about 200 yards and is level access on a gravel drive marked on a fingerpost.

  1. The east of Norwich

Come along the A47 to the A1340 interchange. Head into the city past Tescos. At the bottom of the hill take the left fork towards Mulbarton on the B1113. Swardeston is about 2 miles along this road. At the start of the village at the Village (Cavell!) sign turn right down Short Lane. Follow this down round a left hand corner and up the rise on the other side of it. You pass the cricket pitch on the common on your left – take the left at the duck pond and park up by the Village Hall. The walk to the church and Festival is about 200 yards and is level access on a gravel drive marked on a fingerpost

  1. The west of Norwich

From the A11 Take the exit towards Yarmouth on the A47. Take the left onto the A140 leading down towards Norwich centre. After Tescos on your right take the left onto the B1113 heading towards Mulbarton. Swardeston is about 2 miles along this road. At the start of the village at the Village (Cavell!) sign turn right down Short Lane. Follow this down round a left hand corner and up the rise on the other side of it. You pass the cricket pitch on the common on your left – take the left at the duck pond and park up by the Village Hall. The walk to the church and Festival is about 200 yards and is level access on a gravel drive marked on a fingerpost

  1. Buses to Swardeston from Norwich and Mulbarton

Service no 37 – this runs every half hour (but not on Sundays) from St Stephens Street and Castle Meadow and from Mulbarton. It will deliver you to a stop by the village sign or by the Bakery. See directions to the Festival  from the first stop in section 1 above : see section 2 for directions from Mulbarton.

Taxis from Norwich to Swardeston cost around £10 – try Five Star 01603 455555 or Loyal 01603 444555.

Disabled access

There are only 5-7 vehicle spaces available for cars with disabled drivers/ passengers in the Loke leading to the church (at the Mulbarton end of the village – see signs at the loke). Drop-off is by the WWI War Memorial at the entrance to the churchyard. The church paths are gravel.

The access into the church is via the North door where there is also ramped access (and a w.c. suitably equipped for visitors with disabilities and for others with small children) in the adjacent Cavell Room. There is ramped access to the Old Rectory for refreshments.

Annual graveside service at Norwich Cathedral

Saturday 12th October 11.00 a.m.

All are welcome to join in this brief service in honour of nurse Cavell on the anniversary of her execution.

You can park in the Cathedral precinct – mention you are coming for the service. The access to the grave is on level ground.

See  https://www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/events/detail/2019/10/12/default-calendar/edith-cavell-memorial-service

Earlier 2019 commemorations

In early May 1919 Edith Cavell’s remains were exhumed from the Tir National shooting range in Brussels where she had been shot on 12 October 1915. Her coffin was returned to Dover from Ostend on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Rowena. Early on Thursday May 15th it was conveyed in a specially prepared railway van (now located in Kent – http://www.preservation.kesr.org.uk/wagons-vans/cavell) to Victoria station in London. The coffin was taken on a gun carriage with full military honours to Westminster Abbey for a memorial service at 11.45. Queen Alexandra and the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George,  were present.

The coffin then travelled through the crowded London streets to Liverpool Street station where a special 14.30 train took it to Norwich. All along the line people stood in silence remembering nurse Cavell.

At 17.30 that day her remains were laid to rest in a simple grave outside the east end of Norwich Cathedral.

There were events in May 2019 to mark the centenary of these events:

In Ostend, Belgium26th April to 13th May 2019
Oostende Town Hall, Vindictivelaan 1, 8400 Oostende
 – Edith Cavell Exhibition

In Brussels May 2019
Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Bruxelles
Edith Cavell Memorial Service.

In Dover, Kent: On Tuesday May 14 the bells of St Mary’s church were rung from 10 am – 1 pm in memory of Edith Cavell – see https://www.dadonline.eu/updates/the-bells-of-st-marys-will-peal-once-again-for-edith-cavell/. An exhibition of photographs of 1919 events were on display.

In Swardeston, Norfolk (where Edith grew up): From Saturday May 11th in church a new exhibition of material from the church’s archive and a new walk around the village seeing sites relevant to her. Parties wishing to have a guide for the walk please book via enquiry@edithcavell.org.uk  Music related to Edith Cavell will be available to listen to in the church.

Wednesday May 15 2019 – the centenary of the return of Edith Cavell’s body to London with services at Westminster Abbey and Norwich Cathedral. 

In London : Edith Cavell was remembered along with Florence Nightingale at Westminster Abbey in a service for nurses at noon.

In Norwich : The Dean of Westminster preached in Norwich Cathedral at 6.30pm on May 15th at a service marking the centenary .

In Harwich Suffolk : from July 5-14 centenary commemorations of the return of the body of Captain Charles Fryatt from Belgium on July 8.

More detail on Capt Fryatt at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fryatt. The ‘Cavell Van’ which conveyed both his coffin and Edith Cavell’s and that of the Unknown Warrior (November 11th 1920) was open to visitors at the Mayflower Heritage Centre in George Street Harwich. See https://preservation.kesr.org.uk/wagons-vans/cavell for more details. There was a new exhibition on nurse Cavell by a local embroiderer’s guild and other linked events.

The background story of 1919

For an extended account of the 1919 events from contemporary records please link to https://www.edithcavell.org.uk/1919-2.