Search This Blog

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


A national two-minute silence will be held at 11 am on Remembrance Sunday (8th November) to remember those who have been killed or injured in wars and conflicts worldwide. The Queen will lead a national service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, starting at 10.30.

A two-minute silence is also held at 11.00 am on Armistice Day (11th November), marking the end of the First World War.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 
We will remember them.
- Laurence Binyon

You will see lots of people wearing poppies in their jackets during early November. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and the little paper ones we wear are made by the Royal British Legion, a charity that supports veterans and war widows. The reason the poppy was chosen as a symbol of remembrance is that poppies were amongst the first flowers to grow back after the end of fighting in the First World War, in the fields of northern France.

At Connaught Hall, we will show the remembrance service on the TV in the bar from 10:30 am on Sunday 8th November. We invite you to join us at this time.

We also have poppies available from reception, so you can wear one on your coat or jumper. Please make a donation in the box if you take a poppy.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow 
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields.

- John McRae 

Bonfire night

Saturday 5th November is bonfire night – or Guy Fawkes night. Bonfires and fireworks displays take place all over England to commemorate the foiling of the “gunpowder plot” plot to blow up the King and Parliament in 1605. 

Remember, remember the fifth of November: 
Gunpowder, treason, and plot. 
I see no reason why gunpowder treason 
Ever should be forgot.

Bonfire night parties often include activities like apple bobbing, and foods associated with bonfire night include parkin, toffee apples, jacket potatoes, and hot chocolate.

For more information about Guy Fawkes night:
And the gunpowder plot:


There will be bonfires and fireworks displays around London this week. Some will be on 5th November; others will take place on Friday or Saturday. Here is a listing of displays:

The closest display to Connaught Hall will be at Coram's Fields on Friday 6th November, and we expect this to be quite a traditional display:

It's also free of charge!

Another free thing you can do is climb Primrose Hill ( on Friday or Saturday night. Although there is no display at Primrose Hill, from that vantage point you can often see the fireworks from displays all over London.


* The Multicultural Students' Forum (McSF, recommended in October 2015 that we publish through our social media channels an explanation of all the cultural events we celebrate in Hall, as well as significant celebrations that are unique to the UK. The idea is that all our residents will understand what is going on and be equally able to participate in events, festivals, and celebrations.