*SOMERSET Opera is staging a programme of music, facts and poetry called Remembering Them.

The first performance took place in West Bagborough on Wednesday, November 7.

Upcoming performances are at St John's Church, Staplegrove, on Thursday, November 8; St Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe, on Saturday, November 10; St Andrew's Church, Taunton, on Sunday, November 11. There will be a display of knitted poppies at Staplegrove.

*WELLINGTON Choral Society is putting on its Concert of Remembrance with readings, organ music and choral singing, including Durufle Requiem.

The event, with conductor Laurence Blyth, is at St John's Church in the town on Saturday, November 24, at 7.30pm.

There will be a retiring collection for the armed forces charity SSAFA Somerset.

*THE Brewhouse theatre in Taunton is the venue for Taunton Thespians' production of Oh What a Lovely War on Sunday, November 11, at 4pm.

*THE Rotary Club of Taunton is running a musical tribute to everyone in Somerset who served in the war.

Civic dignitaries and cadets will attend Somerset Remembers at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, on Saturday, November 10, at 7pm.

Proceeds will be shared between the Taunton branch of The Royal British Legion and The League of Friends of Musgrove Park Hospital.

RBL standard bearers and members of Taunton Sea and Royal Marines cadet unit, 41F Air Training Squadron and Taunton police cadets will take part in an act of remembrance conducted by Rotary Club member Adrian Prior-Sankey, chaplain to the local RBL branch.

Music and songs will be performed by Taunton Military Wives Choir, The West Somerset Brass Band and young soloists, with a guest appearance by The Taunton Rotary Choir.

*THE people of Wiveliscombe will remember the town's 55 First World War dead with the laying of a wreath at the recreational ground at 9.20am followed by a two-minute silence.

It will be followed by the traditional parade forming up at 10am ahead of the procession to St Andrew's Church.

*A FIRST World War exhibition in the Parish Rooms, Somerton, will feature an extensive collection of militaria and memorabilia.

Entry is free to the event on Saturday, November 10, from 10am to 3pm, and Sunday, November 11, from 10am to noon.

*KEYNSHAM will honour its 89 men who served in the war in a weekend of commemorations starting on Friday, November 9, when schoolchildren and representatives of community organisations will gather at the war memorial ahead of a memorial service at the parish church, featuring poems, readings and songs.

Among guests will be family members of those who gave their lives and 89 people will carry forward crosses as a mark of respect for those who served their country.

Knitted poppies will be draped from the tower of St John’s Church.

*AN exhibition, What Happened to Our Boys, is being staged at the village hall in Stoke St Gregory on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11.

On Sunday a service will be held around the flagpole at 10.30am, the church bells will be rung at 12.30pm and a lantern procession from the playing field gate will be followed by the Last Post and a bonfire from 4.30pm.

*MID Wessex Singers are giving a concert, Freedom, We Died for You, in St Andrew’s, Curry Rivel, on Saturday, November 10, at 7.30pm.

The programme is accompanied by a mix of strings, organ and piano.

*THE names of Ilminster's fallen will be displayed on a screen at the Minster, in Ilminster, ahead of a civic remembrance service at 3pm on Remembrance Sunday.

After the laying of the wreaths, people will be able to view the poppies created by Ilminster Cubs planted in the churchyard and crosses beside the war memorial, followed by a parade to Greenfylde School Hall, where there will be a display of children's poems.

There will be photo and audio visual displays by the Heritage of the Ile and the Ilminster branch of the RBL at 6pm followed by the town crier giving a cry for peace around the world and the lighting of the beacon at 7pm.

The Minster will ring out its bells during the day.

*TAUNTON-based The Phoenix Singers are presenting music and readings to mark the centenary in St Mary's Church, Bishops Lydeard, on Saturday, November 10, 7.30pm.

The concert is also a farewell to musical director Andrew Maddocks, who retires after 22 years.

The commemoration programme looks at seven themes and features music written by composers alive during the war period, including Charles Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Edgar Bainton, George Butterworth and Hubert Parry.

There will also be readings from contemporary newspaper editorials, letters, poems, song settings of poems by A.E. Housman, along with several hymns popular in 1918.

*ROYAL Naval Air Station, at Yeovilton, is holding an act of remembrance at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, when more than 800 military personnel will be on parade at 10.30am on Friday, November 9.

There will be a flypast over the church and cemetery of two Wildcat helicopters from the Royal Navy and Army Air Corps.

Pupils from local schools including Preston Primary, Preston School ,Ilchester Primary and Stanchester will be in attendance alongside civilian personnel, local residents, a bugler and Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

*BISHOP'S Hull's St Peter and St Paul Church is screening the film Journey's End on Saturday, November 10, at 7.30pm.

The action is set in northern France in March 1918 with the arrival of C Company to take its turn in the front line.

It's free, although donations are welcome, with ten per cent for the Combat Street organisation.

*THE bells at St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, will ring out half muffled before a civic service to mark the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday, November 11, and again at 12.30pm unmuffled.

It will recreate events 100 years ago, as reported in the County Gazette: "Everywhere the spirit of good comradeship prevailed and above the laughter and mutual congratulations of the people could be heard the grand old bells of St Mary’s and St James’s ringing out their gladsome message of peace and victory."

A team of 12 new ringers - three of them adults - will be taking part.

There will be a three to five hour ringing of the complete peal in the afternoon.