Thank you to those that attended our Centenary Remembrance Service.
The memorials had been decorated with three flags:- White ensign, Red Ensign and the Union Flag. In front of this a vase containing paper poppies bearing the name of each deceased was accompanied by a few white flowers.
Reverend Marian Bond started the service by explaining that there were five extra names in the booklet to what is displayed on the memorials. Four of these were relatives of current parishioners and the fifth was a young Canadian RAF pilot who died when he crashed his Spitfire into the Rectory field.
After the names of the fallen were read and the Exhortation done, wreaths were laid by the chairman of the Parish Council, Mr David Giles, and by the churchwarden, then the church bell was rung eleven times and followed by two minutes silence.
The Reverend gave a very moving sermon, telling us about how her father never spoke about his time in WWI. It was not until many years later that her mother told her about her fathers ordeal and the constant nightmares he suffered. She reminded us about Edith Cavall, a nurse who was shot by the Germans. Edith had helped both British and German soldiers. There was also a brief history of the four men on the WWI memorial.
A list of the men and women who served in both wars but returned was also read out, followed by current parishioners relatives.
A collection for SSAFA and Help for heroes raised £120.
The exhibition on the First World War will remain in the church until the end of November.