A deluge of poppies swathed around war memorials and village greens across Herefordshire are underlining the county’s spirited drive to remember those who fought in the Great War a century ago.

This special forthcoming centenary Armistice weekend will feature services, parades and other commemorative events in the market towns and villages as well as in the city of Hereford.

The men and women of Herefordshire made a huge contribution to the war effort, from those recruited into the Herefordshire Regiment to the Canary Girls who filled munition shells at the Rotherwas factory, while farmers provided food and horses and on the home front sterling efforts were made to send knitted goods for men serving overseas.

During this Remembrance Week and up until Saturday, November 10, 500 names of the county’s war dead will be read out each day in Hereford Cathedral at 4.15pm. A full list of the fallen is printed in the Hereford Times.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 11 at 3.30pm a county service of remembrance will be held in Hereford Cathedral when 3,200 poppies representing each of the county’s war dead will be dropped from the cathedral tower. A parade through Union Street, St Peter’s Square and St Owen’s Street will begin at 9.30am.

Herefordshire Council’s museums and archives service will host a programme of events to mark the impact of the Great War on the home front.

An exhibition detailing the story of Belgian refugees in Herefordshire continues in Hereford Town Hall until November 30, and for the same period Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre will feature an exhibition entitled ‘Rifles and Spades’.

In Leominster, a special Remembrance Sunday service at the Priory church has been organised in consultation with the Royal British Legion at the revised time of 10am. This will be in order for a procession and two-minute silence at the war memorial at 11am.

At Ross-on-Wye there will be an Act of Remembrance at the Prospect at 10.45am followed by a Remembrance service in St Mary’s Church at 11.15am. There will be a Remembrance service at Walford at 10.50am. At 6pm St Mary’s will host an evening of commemoration and reflection entitled ‘Battle’s Over’ which will also include the Last Post, lighting of a beacon at the Prospect, ringing of bells and WW1 songs. An ‘Experiencing Remembrance’ exhibition will be open to all on November 11 and November 12.

Ledbury Remembrance Sunday parade begins at 10am in the High Street, with an Armistice ceremony at the war memorial at 10.45am and a Remembrance service at 11.15am in St Michael & All Angels’ church. There will be a Remembrance service at Eastnor at 10.45am.

At Kington, St Mary’s Church is hosting a spectacular Poppy Festival which continues until this Sunday, November 11. A Remembrance Sunday service begins in church at 10am followed by an Act of Remembrance at the war memorial. Choral Evensong at 6am will mark the close of the festival.

In Pembridge, a Remembrance Sunday parade will gather at the war memorial at 10.45am before processing to St Mary’s Church for a service at 11.15am.

At Bromyard, the Royal British Legion branch has staged an ‘Everyone Remembered’ poppy festival which continues in St Peter’s Church until Friday, November 16. On November 11, there will be a two-minute silence followed by an Armistice Parade through town and a service in St Peter’s.