WW1 Armistice Anniversary Weekend

Enormous thanks to everyone who participated in the Remembrance events this weekend, and to everyone who has worked so hard to decorate the church.

Friday 9th November – ‘Conflict, Reflection and Healing’

We Will Remember Them’

Our Church bells rang half muffled at 7:00pm on Friday 9th November at the beginning of Remembrance week-end to invite people to a special Armistice Centenary presentation entitled ‘Conflict, Reflection and Healing’ held in the church. Young men from the community, who were killed in action during the Great Conflict, were duly and reverently remembered.  More details, pictures and clips can be found on the Conflict, Reflection and Healing Event page.

Remembrance Sunday, 11th November

It was lovely to arrive to open up the church to find painted stones outside the gate and, particularly, outside the church door painted with a remembrance theme.

This year, we started our remembrance ceremony at the war memorial in the cemetery.  The memorial was beautifully decorated with pebbles which were inspiring to see and a fitting addition in this Armistice Centenary year.  The turn out was magnificent to commemorate the war dead from the village and all our relatives from both World Wars.

It was also lovely and right to be joined by horses at the war memorial, sadly horses and other animals were also at the front and many of them died or did not come back.

Following the two-minute silence and the laying of the wreath and other tributes, many people came to church for the service and dedication to peace.  The Scout and Guide youth organisations processed to the war memorial and back to the church for the service.  We were again joined by the horses outside church.

The efforts of so many people made this a most moving and fitting tribute.