BRITISH LEGION
THE SOMME REMEMBERED
REMEMBER THE START WW1
R.B.L JUBILEE PARTY
90TH YEAR ANIVERSARY
WAR END 60 YRS ON

ANNIVERSARY AND DEDICATION CEREMONY

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You can see from the programme above that on Sunday 5th June the Village held a special Church Service. This year recognises the establishment of the Royal British Legion founded on 15th May 1921, 90 years ago, to help those men damaged by war and to aid the families, so often led by widow following the death of her soldier husband, at a time of great economic depression in Great Britain.
In St Osyth there are two war memorials but the war memorial in the Church foreground had been neglected and all that remained was the plinth but with no column or cross. It was also known that a number of names of the village war dead were never properly recorded.
A fund raising campaign was organised and a new memorial was commissioned and erected , making this 90th anniversary of the R.B.L. an appropriate service at which the new memorial could be blessed and dedicated to our war dead.


After the opening hymn; "Guide me, O thou Great Redeemer", the congregation are invited to greet each other with a sign of peace, which may be a kiss between husband and wife or a handshake with other members in the Church community.


The Rev Sharon Miles, Priest in charge of St Osyth, stressed the magnificent role played by the British Legion in Britain today. She spoke of the work they do and the funds they raise, only to spend it all on those disadvantaged by the after effects of War.


Our village R.B.L standard borne by Jonny Austin.


Jim Bligh R.B.L. reads from the prophet Micah 4.v1-5.


The R.B.L. Standard has been retrieved from the Altar

The Choir lead the Priest and acolytes from the Church into the Church yard where the new memorial stands, ready to gather around the stone for the short service of blessing and dedication.
The Memorial Stone is engraved with the names of the fallen, some of which are being recorded for the first time. Local historian Miss Phyllis Hendy drew attention to this deficiency in her book on the Great War


The Rev Sharon Miles bowed before the memorial reading words of dedication as follows:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we dedicate this Memorial to the Glory of God and in honour of the men of St Osyth who died serving their country Amen.


Next to the Standard held aloft, a Bugler sounds the last post, followed by Basil Hutley reading the Kohima Epitaph followed by Reveille.


The congregation returns to the Church for the dismissal and Rev Sharon’s final blessing of the congregation. Tea and cakes were served.


In the afternoon at 3.30 p.m. the St Osyth Branch of the Royal British Legion invited
as many people as were interested enough to attend, to an afternoon of concert songs, community singing and food, at no cost to any individual, to be held in the village hall.


Our two singers who entertained with songs
from the shows


Tina Edwards
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Barbara Francis
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Food and drink had been served, but the entertainers
continuedto give enjoyment to those attending.


“Second Hand Rose” ne Tina Edwards!


Barbara and Tina called for a round of applause for their pianist who had
accompanied them for every song, soon to finish the afternoon with the
favourite of flag wavers; ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

The Royal British Legion, St Osyth Branch had celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the formation of the British Legion in fine style.
The National organisation is aiming this 90th year to raise £90 million, to further the work it does for service men and women, who have served their country and find themselves disadvantaged following their service.
The first ever Poppy appeal was held on 11th November 1921, so this year will be a special appeal to complement this anniversary year.

M.J.T.
10/6/2011



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