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2018 Worldwide Candle Lighting

A listing of candle lighting and remembrance events around the UK

Here you will find a list of candle lighting and remembrance events around the UK. For more information, please contact the event organiser.

If you are organising your own event you can have it listed here by submitting the information here.

Sunday 9 December 2018


9 December 2018, 6.45 pm start
The Salt House, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4HD

The ceremony consists of music for reflection, poems and the reading of our children's names as candles are lit in their memory. You are invited to bring along a photograph to place on the remembrance table and please let Janette know if you would like to contribute with a personal reading/poem or piece of music.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

All welcome including family and friends.

For more information contact Janette at jk@janetteknight.name

HULL, Humberside

9 December 2018, 2 pm
Hull Minster, S Church Side, Hull HU1 2JJ

A service to remember children who have died and those who are missing.

'Light a Candle' that their light may always shine.

All bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents welcome .

Supported by The Compassionate Friends

For more details and venue contact Liz at liz.tcf@gmail.com

BOLTON, Greater Manchester

9 December 2018, 2.30pm
Bolton Parish Church, Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HX.

A non religious serivce of poetry and music for bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family.

Attendees are invited to bring along a photograph of their child (ren) and join us for refreshments after the service.

For more information: contact Jackie at jackie.gavin1@icloud.com

WATFORD, Hertfordshire

9 December 2018, 6pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Mildred Avenue, Watford WD18 7DS.

If you would like to bring a photo of your loved one to be on display during the service, there is a table provided. No need to bring a candle, the church supplies tea lights. There are refreshments served afterwards.

For more information: contact Bob at bob.lyn.tcf@btinternet.com


9 December 2018, 6.45pm to 7pm

"Look Out and Remember" memorial garden, Lower leas Coastal Park, Folkestone CT20 2JJ (Sandgate entrance, via Radnor Cliff). Enter the coastal park and the Look Out and Remember garden is immediately on your right). Parking is available 100 yards into the Lower Leas Coastal Park on the right, or in the roads near the entrance to the Sandgate end of the Park.

Please bring your candle in a jam jar or storm lantern, as it may be windy. As we light our candles in the dark, read poems and say our children's names out loud, we can hear the constant rolling of the waves on the shingle beach just below us. It's a really special , moving way to remember our children.

You are welcome to bring warm drinks and snacks to have at LOAR.

For more information: contact Christina at christina.ford4@btinternet.com

LONDON, Deptford SE8

9 December 2018, 6 pm
Jessica's Heart (meeting room buzzer), 14 New King Street, Deptford, London SE8 3HS

TCF Candle lighting at 7pm.

All welcome.

Please bring food and drink to share.

For more details contact Don at donald_plant@yahoo.co.uk


9 December 2018, 6 pm for 6.15 pm
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve, Clandon Wood, Epsom Rd, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7FN

Clandon Wood is a very special place for everyone -whether you are religious, spiritual or secular - for this candle lighting.

All bereaved parents, their families and friends are invited to attend.

Please bring a photograph of your child to be displayed during the service.

The service will consist of readings, music, candle lighting and time for quiet reflection in a supportive place.

For more information contact Linda at linda@lindasewellcelebrant.co.uk

More details here too.



9 December, 2018, 12 noon - 3 pm
Billingham, Teesside TS22

All bereaved parents are welcome to bring a selection of food to share and meet at 12 noon and have lunch together. Afterwards we decorate a memory candle jar and the candles are lit in memory of all our children. You can then take the jars home and re-light them at 7 pm.

For more information: contact Margaret on telephone 01642 363502 or email pringles3739@gmail.com

All are welcome but advanced notice of attendance would help Margaret to organise the lunch.

Also: OPEN AFTERNOON at St. Hilda's Church, The Headland, Hartlepool TS24 0JB on Christmas Eve 1.30pm - 4pm.

TCF will have a tree as part of the annual Tree Festival. There is no service, just an opportunity to place something on the tree in memory of your loved one followed by refreshments. If you wish to bring your own item, please bring something white to fit in with the theme. More information from Margaret on 01642 363502.

STIRLING, Scotland

9 December 2018, 3pm
Bridge of Allan Parish Church, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, Stilring FK9 4NW.

A service of music and reflection to acknowledge loss and love.

Join us for mince pies and mulled wine after the service.

All family and friends welcome.

Contact Rachel House (01577 865 777) or Robin House (01389 722 055) to let us know if you intend to come along. Alternatively you can email aileeneadie@chas.org.uk with numbers of people you wish to bring with you.


WILSHAW, West Yorkshire
CANDLE LIGHTING and service for anyone who has lost a child

9 December, 2018, 6.30 pm
St Mary's Wilshaw, Wilshaw Road, Wilshaw HD9 4DZ.

You are invited to a Service of Remembering and Sharing.

For parents who have suffered the loss of a child of any age and from any cause. Siblings, grandparents, family and friends are also welcome.

Contact Jacqueline on 01484 663867 for further details.

HUDDERSFIELD, West Yorkshire


9 December 2018, 7pm

St Nicholas Church, Cumberworth Lane, Upper Cumberworth, Huddersfield HD8 8PA


As part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting event, St Nicholas Church Upper Cumberworth will open our doors to all who have experienced the loss of a child or sibling.


For more information you can email Rev Stephanie L Hunter on revstephaniehunter@gmail.com.

SWINDON, Wiltshire

9 December 2018, 7pm until 9pm
The Council Office, Thames Avenue, Swindon SN25 1QQ

A Candle Lighting Evening for parents who have lost their children.

More details contact Margaret at megsbrad@gmail.com


Saturday 15 December 2018


15 December 2018, 10.30am

Middleway Meeting Hall, Churchill Way, Middleway, Taunton TA1 3QW.

Candle Lighting in memory of the children we have lost. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends welcome.

For more information contact The Rosie Crane Trust who supports bereaved parents who have lost a son or daughter of any age at contact@rosiecranetrust.co.uk



15 December 2018, 6 pm
Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane, Bromley, Hayes BR2 7HU.

All bereaved parents, their families and friends are invited to attend.

Please bring a photograph of your child to be displayed throughout the service.

The service will consist of suitable readings, some hymns/carols, candle lighting and a period of quiet reflection.

You will be invited to write your child’s name on a butterfly slip to be read during the service. These slips will be kept in a Book of Remembrance.

Further information can be obtained from Margaret 020 86571535 or Audrey 01689 876830.



January 2018


19 January 2018, 2 pm
St John's Church, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JG.

All are welcome to our annual ‘Celebrating a Life’ candle-lighting ceremony.

You may like to bring a flower and a photo of your lost child or children. Meet in the church hall afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

If you have any questions or need further information please do contact Jenny on 0191 2815783 or jennymford@googlemail.com.

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