Let Us Remember

Wars affect not just individuals but whole communities, so it is fitting that remembrance is a community event, particularly this year when we have been commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One.

In Badshot Lea and Hale we held two community events on November 7 and 8, as well as services of Remembrance at the war memorials and in the churches.  On November 7 at St John’s Church, the community gathered together to pause and remember those who had died in the conflicts past and present. The Farnham Town Crier Jonathan Jones read some poetry and the year 6 children from William Cobbett school read In Flanders Fields and  a combined parish choir sang A flower remembered and Circle us Lord.

The idea for the evening was to encourage those attending to remember but also to live as people of peace and reconciliation so we drew the formal part of the evening to a close by singing Shalom. After the service, hospitality was offered by the congregation of St John’s and the display of art work and poetry was enjoyed by all who attended. The display will be available in the church until November 19.

The next day we held a similar event at St George’s Church. The Farnham Mayor and his wife joined members of the community in a packed church.

Badshot Lea Infant School had been working for a few weeks on fantastic art and poetry which was displayed around the church. There was also poetry on display from other members of the community, including a poem by Leslie Morrel to his wife Eva written in 1942. Unfortunately, Leslie lost his life during WW2 and is listed on the Badshot Lea War Memorial. Eva, now aged 96, still lives in the village.

The children from the school entertained us with some lovely singing and the Parish choir helped led Pack up your troubles and It’s a long way to Tipperary.

As with the St John’s event, we wanted to encourage people to remember but also to strive for peace and reconciliation. After the service, hospitality was offered by the congregation of St George’s and the display of art work and poetry was enjoyed by all who attended. A huge thanks to Badshot Lea Infants teachers, pupils and parents who helped make this event such a success.

At St Mark’s, the local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined us at the Hale war memorial and then walked up the hill for the Sunday service at which their standards were received by the church. The church itself was filled with Remembrance art created by the community, in part during the Sunday services leading up to November 11 and at Thursday morning art. There was also a prayer station which focused our minds on the individuals who had died in armed conflict, allowing us to reflect on the personal loss that war brings.

Afterwards Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and other guests joined the congregation for coffee and conversation, and a lot of biscuits!

 

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

This year’s Remembrance Sunday is particularly poignant, as it falls exactly 100 years to the day on which World War One ended.

Although none of the veterans who served in that war – the ‘war to end all wars’ – are now alive, the horror and the sacrifices continue to resonate, something that has been obvious in the community commemorations that have been taking place and will take place this weekend. Remembrance Sunday also commemorates those who have died and suffered in subsequent wars, right up to today where wars continue to destroy people, their homes and communities.

Over the last few days we have held community commemorations at both St John’s and St George’s, where children from local schools and others from the area have contributed poetry and art, and the churches remain full of these contributions. At St Mark’s, the church has been decorated with red and white poppies created by the community there.

Alan also rededicated the war memorial in Weybourne this week, accompanied by representatives from local schools, the Royal British Legion, the Mayor of Farnham and members of 4th Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

This Sunday we are holding the following services of Remembrance:

In Hale, the 9.30am service at St John’s will be followed by a gathering at 10.45am at the War Memorial, and there will be an 11.15am service at St Mark’s with prayer stations on the theme of peace.

In Badshot Lea, the 10am shortened service at St George’s will be followed by a gathering at 10.50am at the War Memorial. There will then be a service for all ages at 11.30am.

In Weybourne, a service at 4pm at the War Memorial will be followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

Please do join us at any of these events.

Community Remembrance events

November 7 and 8
As we approach Remembrance Sunday, we are holding two community remembrance events to which everyone is invited.

On Wednesday (November 7) at 7pm, St John’s will be hosting an community remembrance event which will include performances of songs and poems by William Cobbett School and a combined parish choir.

Then on Thursday (8th) at 3pm, St George’s will be hosting a community remembrance event. This time there will be performances of songs and poems by Badshot Lea Infant School and a combined parish choir.

At both of these, there will be an art exhibition and poetry displayed. Please get involved by submitting poems and art around the theme of Remembrance and by coming along to share hospitality with the community.

 

 

 

Picture by Pierre Best, Unsplash

All Souls’ services

All Souls’ Day is held on November 2 and we are marking this by holding three simple services over the weekend of  November 3 and 4 to remember those who have died.

They are at each of the three churches:

St John’s at 6.30pm on Saturday, November 3
St Mark’s at 11am on Sunday, November 4 and
St George’s at 4pm on Sunday, November 4.

In these we will be lighting candles and bringing our loved ones to mind. The services are open to everyone, regardless of faith or no faith.

Please stay for coffee and cake after the services.all souls