HOW GODALMING WILL BE COMMEMORATING THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC
By PatHill | Monday, April 02, 2012, 11:17
Godalming is set to comemorate its' historic links to the tragic sinking of the doomed Titanic , with a series of events in the town.
Doomed ship...The Titanic
Local hero..John Phillips from Godalming died at his post
Classic movie ...A Night To Remember is being screened in Godalming
Events marking and remembering the sinking of the Titanic a hundred years ago, as well as the bravery of Farncombe man Jack Phillips,will be taking place throughout the month.
An exhibition at Godalming Museum called The Centenary of the Sinking of the Titanic runs at the High Street museum until May 12.
It tells the story of Jack Phillips who died at his post whilst signalling for help as the doomed liner was sinking, from his childhood in Farncombe, schooling at what is now the Red Lion Pub, employment at the Post Office, now home to HSBC Bank, his career with Marconi and his bravery as Chief Telegraphist on the Titanic. It also brings together information about the various memorials to him, locally in Godalming, as well as further afield.
On Saturday (April 7) a talk and question and answer session will take place that will feature experts including Mary Le Boutiller who wrote much of the text for the new exhibition at the museum. Tickets for Titanic Revealed, which takes place at 7.30pm in The Borough Hall, Godalming cost £5 and can be bought at the museum.
The Borough Hall will also be the venue for a film night on Thursday April 12 when A Night to Remember will be shown. The 1958 film starring Kenneth Moore will be shown at 7.30pm. Entry is by free ticket available by calling 01483 523156. There will be a collection for the RNLI.
The focus moves to Charterhouse School on Saturday April 14 when the Wey Valley Amateur Radio Group will be broadcasting to the world using the Titanic's call sign MGY. The broadcast will continue on Sunday April 15, the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
At 11am on Sunday April 15 a memorial service will take place at the restored Cloister. The service will be followed at 12 noon by the formal re-opening of the Cloister. From 1pm to 4pm Phillips Memorial Park Bandstand area will host an Edwardian picnic with people encouraged to dress in period clothes. The Godalming Band, Catteshall Band as well as Punch and Judy will entertain the picnickers.
Throughout Sunday April 15, Godalming Museum will be open so people can enjoy the exhibition.
Cllr Stephen O'Grady, councillor responsible for parks at Waverley Borough Council, said: "Applying for grants to restore the Phillips Memorial Cloister and Park in time for the centenary started almost three years ago. It has taken a lot of hard work by Waverley in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the big Lottery Fund to ensure Godalming remembers its connections to a major historic event and is left with a fitting legacy for years to come."