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ARMISTICE SUNDAY IN ST OSYTH
Royal British Legion lead our remembrance.

The Legion Standard Bearers, Heather Morton and Peter Tidy

Rev’d Eddie Howson, Assistant Curate conducted the service

Over the whole of Great Britain and around the Commonwealth, today is named Armistice Sunday where people meet to remember those military personnel who lost their lives in the Great War and other conflicts since Armistice Day was first recognised on 11 November 1919. This year’s service will be taken by the Rev’d Eddie Howson, with our Vicar Sharon Miles on similar duty in Great Bentley. You will note later that the Royal British Legion branch in St Osyth have introduced special frames at the foot of the altar, on which to better display the wreaths when laid by our village organisations.


Our own Parish Clerk Neil Williams, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke the words of the ‘The Exhortation’ ending ‘We Will Remember Them!’ words then repeated by the congregation. The trumpet of Anne Headworth sounds out ‘The Last Post’ signalling the two minutes silence, after which the wreaths are laid down.

(CLICK the arrow and move your pointer off the picture) The wreath laying in the five minute video above can be seen but not heard clearly! The sound did not carry to the back of the church where the camera was at maximum zoom – leaving the sound well behind. I missed off the first to be called who was Mr Jim Wiggam, laying the wreath for the Royal British Legion. The other wreath layers were called up by Sonia Grantham as follows:
Councillor John White – St Osyth Parish Council.
Tom Grantham – St Osyth Parish Church.
Colin Westripp – the Methodist Church.
Tina Edwards – Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.
Maureen Doree – Point Clear Community Association.
Maxine Baker – St Osyth Women’s Institute.
Blake and Ashley – 1st St Osyth Scout Group.
Davy and Archie – the Church Sunday Club.
Neil Young – St Osyth Business Association.
Ken Guilder – L & K Funeral Directors St Osyth.
The video concludes with Neil Williams saying the Kohema Epitaph: When you go home, tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow we gave our today.”


The Poppy Wreaths are all laid on the altar steps now. They will be retrieved by their layers and transported in the procession from Church to the War Memorial to be laid where they will remain.

Rev’d Eddie Howson, the choir and the congregation progress from St Peters and St Pauls Church along The Bury to Cowley Park, where we all assemble for a simple short ceremony where the wreaths will be laid on the memorial, in remembrance of our war dead.


Jim Wiggam, laying the first wreath from the Royal British Legion


Poppy petals gathered and brought from the Royal British Legion service at the Albert Hall in London last night, now scattered at the foot of our altar


St Peter and St Pauls Church Tower

The Remembrance activity has come to a close. The Royal British Legion Standard – St Osyth Branch, flies from the flagpole where it has flown for the period of the National Poppy Appeal, raising funds for the victims of armed warfare.
Your Royal British Legion poppy provides for thousands of modern veterans, Service men, women and their families with vital support. This year don't just wear a poppy for the memory of the fallen, wear it for the future of the living..

This picture was taken the following Saturday to show the wreaths displayed in an upright position on the new display stands. You will also note that our school children have placed the own tributes around the monument.


A little post Script. Jim Bligh, Secretary to the St Osyth R.B.L. spoke to me at the Parish Church Christmas Fayre on 5th December, during which he said that the local branch of the Royal British Legion during their Poppy Day appeal, had raised the magnificent sum of £6,226 for the benefit of those service men and women in need. He expressed his thanks for the generosity of our village residents!

M.J.T.
13/11/15


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