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ARMISTICE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2014


The large congregation arrives early for the


service remembering those who have fallen.


The Royal British Legion Standards on guard at the beginning and throughout the service.


Revd. Sharon Miles our Vicar introduces the service with a welcome to all and after the first hymn, readings leading up to the Act of Remembrance


Mrs Sonia Grantham , Churchwarden, calls up village organisations from the lectern, one by one, to lay their members wreaths in front of the altar.


We hear ‘The Exhortation’ read, ending with the words ‘We Will Remember Them’, these words then repeated by the congregation. The trumpet sounds out ‘The Last Post’ – the standards dip - The two minute silence begins!
When the silence ends the Wreaths are laid, The Royal British Legion Standards are held on high and the congregation bow their heads in silent prayer.


Mr Basil Hutley (centre) reads the Kohema Epitaph: When you go home, tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow we gave our today.”

The service this year was additionally poignant as on 4th August 1914, one hundred years ago, the declaration of war was announced that began the The First World War Click to view our Village service. So this year’s service was very special all over the United kingdom and the Commonwealth .
The Tower of London had ‘planted’ 888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower Moat, one for each life lost by British and Empire soldiers in a display entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' each of which would be sold for £25 with the total sum distributed to service charities including the Royal British Legion. In St Osyth & Point Clear poppy sellers had been busy again this year raising, as Jim Blyth RBL tells me, around £6,000 for the Legions needs.
The Short Video below right allows all web visitors to witness the closure of the service and the blessing given by our vicar to the congregation. Click the arrow in the centre of the picture and turn up your sound


The Rev’d Eddie Howson our Assistant Curate, who delivered the six military Intercessions, to which the congregation replied each time “God give peace”


(Click the arrow, then move your pointer off the picture). Sharon gives her blessing to worshiper’s present beginning “God who created you in love and for love....”


The Choir leave the Church to lead the procession to the War Memorial


The Church congregation walk to the Cowley Park Memorial along Mill Street, led by the Choir, the Church wreath having been laid on the Church Memorial.


Assembled around the War Memorial.


Wreaths, now laid on the Monument.


An overall view of the Village War Memorial with wreaths laid and the congregation paying their respects.

The service today could have been blighted by bad weather, but by the time the service began the rain had stopped and sun greeted the procession from Church to the memorial. When the open air service and wreath laying was completed and we were safely back in the Church for tea and cakes, the rain started again. I think perhaps that Rev’d Sharon had spoken to somebody!


Back inside the Parish Church is this memorial ledger of village residents who lost their lives in war. This ‘book’ stands some seven feet high and is headed “ROLL OF HONOUR” and at the foot of the page “THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”


On this frame, designed and used for the first time at the 100 yr. remembrance service on 4th August, members of the public may place their own remembrance cross for a member of their family lost in any conflict since the Great War in 1914.


Red for remembrance. Decoration in our Church.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

M.J.T.
14/11/14


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