St Wilfrid Harrogate was consecrated in 1914, at the start of World War I. The earliest Parish Magazines we have in the church mention the names of members of the congregation who died in battle, and the church has a war memorial plaque with the names of 17 local men who were killed in the fighting. There are also other war memorial inscriptions or dedications on artefacts in church including a painting, some silver items, a lectern and the chancel screen.
There is a significant amount of local history research material available relating to some of the men listed on the memorial, and we aim to make this material the heart of an exhibition and learning experience in a dedicated space in the church beginning on Saturday 10th of November 2018.
The exhibition will open with a display of lights created in conjunction with local schools and colleges, floodlighting of the church and music. On Remembrance Sunday there will be the Parish Mass of Remembrance at 10am and the Festival Chorus singing Faure’s Requiem at 5pm. Everyone is welcome to join in with the Festival Chorus – rehearsals start at 2.30pm on the 11th.