100th Anniversary of the Armistice
We marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a special service of readings and music on Remembrance Day. We were pleased to have some There But Not There silhouettes to represent those who did not return from the war as well as an impressive historic display of how the war affected our parish (thank you, Phil Bell and Betty Brown).
During the service there was an opportunity to write a prayer or name of someone to be remembered on either a poppy or a dove, and these were then added to the cross, draped with camouflage netting, on the chancel step.
Aiming to be as inclusive as possible, readings were done by children, women, men, ex-service personnel, often from their seats in the congregation - the hidden, unseen voices of those affected by war - so that the focus was on what was spoken, not on the person reading.
With music from the choir and organist, as well as the stirring Last Post and Reveille, it was a fitting tribute to those who served and suffered, whether military or civilian.
With thanks to Su Toogood