VE 75 Commemorations

Godalming Town Council has put together a programme of events to commemorate VE 75 during the weekend starting on Friday, 8 May (Bank Holiday).

When Winston Churchill declared Victory in Europe 75 years ago it triggered scenes of celebration and jubilation throughout the nation.  On Friday, 8 May 2020 Godalming will pay tribute to this historic moment with commemorative events to be held on the Phillips Memorial Park.

Godalming Town Council, in partnership with Go Godalming Music in The Park, Godalming Woolsack Rotary Club, Godalming Museum, Godalming Masonic Centre and Churches Together are delighted to present a weekend of commemoration, activities and fun for all the family. The weekend activities are shown below, highlights include the appearance of an AVRO Lancaster Bomber Cockpit, military vehicles, and great music throughout the weekend.

Friday, 8 May 

Make your way to the Godalming Bandstand, in the Phillips Memorial Park and enjoy the following programme:

12.30 Enjoy the sounds of Junction 4 Big Band, one of Surrey and Hants’ greatest Jazz Orchestras.  Enjoy dancing from the Swing Patrol Lindy Hop Dancers, they’ll be teaching us how to Lindy Hop too!
14.40 The Bells of St Peter & St Paul’s will sound to call a Silence whilst we hear Winston Churchill’s Peace Speech.  The Mayor will lead us in 3 cheers for Peace.
15.00 Battle’s O’er – Piper, the Mayor will lead the Nation’s Toast
15.30 Vintage singing trio The Cadettes will be singing a selection of evocative 1940’s music.
17.30 The Band of the Surrey Yeomanry Concert Band affiliated to the Regimental Association of the Surrey Yeomanry.
18.55 Godalming Town Crier will call out The Cry for Peace
19.00 St Peter & St Paul’s Bells will ring out.

Godalming Museum and Godalming Masonic Centre will be sharing some Godalming war time history.

Godalming Twinning Associations (Joigny and Mayen) will be hon hand with some regional morsels and a chance to play Pentanque, fun fair, stalls, food stalls “including an old fashioned tea” and more during the afternoon on the Phillips Memorial Ground, or bring your own picnic.

Music and fun will carry on until 19.00.

The Lancaster was described as the “shining sword” in the hands of Bomber Command crews. Most people can only live in awe at the Lancaster’s splendour and majesty through museums or films. It has been near impossible for Godhelmians to experience the cramped confines that crew had to endure for up to nine hours at a time, until now… visit the Phillips Memorial Park to experience an original AVRO Lancaster Cockpit.

Saturday, 9 May

12.00 Rotary Duck Race in aid of The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Fun Fair


Sunday, 10 May

10.00-10.30 Bell Ring – St Peter & St Paul’s Church
10.30-11.30 Churches Together “Tribute to the Millions” Service accompanied by the Godalming Band.  Reveille.  Congregation invited for refreshments in the Park or bring a picnic and enjoy a fabulous afternoon of music organised by Music in the Park at the Godalming Bandstand
13.00 Godalming Jazz Choir
14.00 Godalming College Band (Dan Eley Concert)
16.30-19.00 Rockin’ Crescendos (post War Baby Boomers….) 1950’s/1960’s revisited (ex Cliff Richard players)

Street Parties

The Godalming Masonic Centre (ticketed event) and The Star Pub (Church Street) will be hosting VE 75 street parties.

If you would like to organise your own street party visit Waverley’s information page by clicking here.

Godalming Town Council is grateful to the community organisations offering support over the VE 75 commemorative weekend.