The basic plans for the commemorating the end of WW1 are well under way already with the Church holding a weekend event: – Battles Over – Rocester’s Tribute and there will be displays and decorations in the centre of the village. The local schools will be participating but there are opportunities for any group or individual to be involved.

The theme of the British Legion for this commemorative year is ‘Thank You to the First World War generation – all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.’ This includes not only those who died and those who survived but also everyone else who supported the war effort at home in some way.

The ‘’Thank you’ banner is already displayed on Uttoxeter Town Hall

Rocester Local History Group


This summer Roy Burnett has been busy taking photographs of all the existing bridges over the Rivers Churnet and Dove, the old railway and the canal for our next meeting on 11th Sept.. He has also been researching his archive of old photos for images of the bridges that are no longer there. It is surprising just how many there are, or were.

As usual we’d love to see any images you have of local bridges or tales about them.

At the end of the summer term I took a small group of seven and eight-year olds from Abbotsholme on a short history walk around the village. The story of a bag of gold being built into Rocester Bridge certainly caught their imagination.


This is being written just before the annual outing to Southport and the weather report is favourable, not too hot and but dry.

The topic for the next meeting has had to be rearranged and so is awaiting confirmation.

Rocester and District Camera Club

The Club resumes its meetings on 4th September when it starts with a Show and Tell session of photos taken by members over the summer months followed on the 18th September with a talk by Ian Barstow on sharing images on social media. The Club has not had their own exhibition this year but instead are put on displays at Marchington and Hollington village shows. There will also be a display at the Denstone Show, possibly in The Tavern.

Kate Yorke

Written by Rocester Parish Council