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100 Years - a significant milestone, whether it’s celebrating someone’s 100th birthday, or the centenary of an event. I’m sure we’re all aware, the 11th November 2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice - of the end of the atrocities of World War One. 

This centenary is certainly an important one to commemorate, “lest we forget”. This November, “we will remember them” - those who sacrificed so much. As we remember, we will once again fall silent, reflect and be challenged by tragic on-going conflicts. As we commemorate, we also commit ourselves, 100 years on, to play our small part in working for peace; praying for peace and reconciliation between fellow peoples on this small planet we call home.

Internationally, nationally, and locally, there will be many events helping us remember, commemorate and commit ourselves to peace. Since January a committee of local representatives have met to plan co-ordinated events across our community. These include a poppy trail telling the story of WW1 and displays of ceramic poppies made by pupils at the First Schools. 

I’d like to draw to your attention to three specific events. 

1. Saturday 3rd November: local theatre company, Studio 61, are staging a dramatic reading of “Forgotten Voices”, based on oral testimonies of First World War veterans telling the story of five survivors whose memories provide a vivid and moving first-hand account of the Great War. Tickets £3, including refreshments.

2. Saturday 10th November: “Peace Party” - please join us for a traditional street party with refreshments and wartime music; 2.30-4.30pm.

3. Sunday 11th November: Service of Remembrance in church at 10am, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Memorial Stone, beginning approx 10.50am.

May our community remember, give thanks, and commit ourselves to peace.

Rev'd Julia

October 2018