ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE AND WREATH LAYING AT THE MEMORIALS


The Congregation assembling before the service and the entry of Rev Sharon Miles and the Choir.

Each year the Village of St Osyth and Point Clear hold a Remembrance Day service in the Parish Church where those whose lives were lost in battle in two world wars and the conflicts which have followed are remembered. This day, Sunday the 10th November 2013 was our Remembrance Sunday, one day before Remembrance Day the ‘Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month’. This has been a special day in our calendar since the first Remembrance Day on the 11th November 1919


The Royal British Legion Standards held by their bearers.
They have a part to play later in the service


The Rev’d Eddie Howson, Assistant Curate holding the Book and reading a ‘Prayer of Commemoration


The Church Bell Ringers sounding the Church bells to summon worshipers to the service


Our Choir entering Church singing the first hymn
“All People That On Earth Do Dwell’


The Standards, now borne aloft are presented at the
altar by their bearers

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun and in the Morning,
We will remember them.


Mr Basil Hutley who had read the Exhortation above, now reads the ‘Kohima Epitaph’. When you go home, tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow we gave our today”


The Last Post, played by Ann Headworth, a member of the Clacton-on-Sea Cooperative Band, preceded the Two Minute Silence, followed by her sounding the Reveille


The Rev’d Sharon Miles, Priest in Charge at St Peter and
St Paul, St Osyth, gave her address to the congregation saying it was necessary to remember those whose lives
had been lost in war, but the greater effort should be to
prevent war in the future.


The Rev’d Heather Connell, our Assistant Priest, read
the Intercessions, as printed in the Order of Service
card, which are short prayers, all of which finish with
Heather saying ‘May God Give peace’ to which the
congregation reply to her, God give peace.


The Wreaths now laid on the altar steps by Village organisations represented at the service


It was noticeable that there were a large number of children and young persons’ present at the service,
from local groups or with parents.


The service is about to end, the standards have been collected , the Final Hymn is sung. Sharon is informing
the congregation that a short wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Village War Memorial.


The Wreath layers, in the front row seats, must now
collect their wreaths


Organist Mr Anthony Bayley has just played the
National Anthem for all three verses to be sung.


The Choir lead the procession at the conclusion of the service, ready to assemble again outside for the
short walk to the Village War Memorial in Cowley Park.


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The ceremony now moves 200 yards down Mill Street in procession to Cowley Park where the congregation gather, standing all around the War Memorial in the circle formed by the layout of the Memorial. The Poppy Wreaths, now retrieved from the Church altar, are to be laid on the Village Memorial. Once people are assembled our Vicar Sharon Miles will say a prayer to begin wreath laying . Each person laying a wreath will be called up by Mrs Sonia Grantham, Churchwarden, who will name the person or group laying the wreath and the organisation they represent and when all the wreaths are laid a prayer of dedication from Sharon, will finish the formal ceremony.
Teas and cakes etc are available in the Church room for anyone wishing to partake.


The Congregation have now collected around the village War Memorial in Cowley Park in preparation for the
final laying of wreaths by village organisations.


The Royal British Legion. laid by Dennis Jones


The St Osyth Parish Council. laid by Neil Williams


The Methodist Church. laid by Mrs joy Clinton


The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service. Mrs Lynn Tugwell


The Point clear Community Association. Mrs Maureen Doree


The St Osyth Women’s Institute. Mrs Sally Anne Stiff


The St Osyth Business Association. Mr Steve Bishop


St Osyth Church of England. 4 young Church members


The First St Osyth Scout Group. One of the Groups Beavers


The assembly at the War Memorial bow their heads as Rev’d Sharon Miles gives her final blessing to all
present at the end of the proceedings.


Another part of the circle of people around the Memorial at the conclusion of the ceremony.


The picture to the left is of the Church War Memorial which is located in the grounds of the Parish Church and one of the wreaths which were earlier laid and blessed on the altar inside the Church during the service, was now laid on the Church Memorial by Mr. Tom Grantham on behalf of the Parochial Church Council.
The shaft of the original War Memorial was irreparably damaged in the year 2000 and the Memorial itself was beginning to subside.
An appeal was launched in 2010 for a replacement War Memorial, to be built to the original specifications, although with a slightly shorter shaft.
Over £10,000 was raised thanks to many generous people and the names carved on the Portland Stone, replicate those on the Village War Memorial in Cowley Park.

The first Wreath was laid on the new Church Memorial in November 2011.


The wording on the War Memorial in Cowley Park has been artificially highlighted to show web visitors what is carved on the base of the Memorial.
Above this, on four sides are inscribed the names of St Osyth men who lost their lives whilst serving their country.

M.J.T.
19/11/13

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