Centenary of the Armistice

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On 11th November, 100 years to the day that the Armistice was declared, the Trust held its Festival of Remembrance at St Michael’s Church, East Wickham, the site of our war memorial.  Over the centenary period, volunteers from the Trust had researched the stories of the men who died in the war: those stories can be read on our online memorial.  The research also uncovered the stories of a further seventeen men from the local area who were added to the memorial in an extension panel unveiled and dedicated at the Festival by the Venerable Alistair Cutting.

Thanks to a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, the Trust took part in the international commemoration There But Not There project to display poignant silhouettes in remembrance and commemoration of those who died in the First World War.

Hymns O God, our help in ages past and Now thank we all our God were chosen as they were sung at the thanksgiving service in Welling Church 100 years ago.  Music and readings were selected to reflect the Armistice, but also in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Peformers included the Belvedere Concert Band led my musical director Elizabeth Worth; Richard Finch-Turner, soloist; Doug Snow, organist; Colin Hill, reader, Gerry Piggott, piper, Michael Rockhall, trumpet soloist.  The choir was made up of the East Wickham Singers and the local WI choir.

The Trust would like to thank the performers and all the other volunteers who worked behind the scenes in making the Festival run smoothly.   Thank you also to the guests who generously gave £1,650 in the retiring collection for SSAFA.

The arrival of guests …

During the Festival and performances…

There But Not There …

The new extenstion to the memorial pictured with Linda and Kirsty Finch, sister-in-law and great niece to Stanley Finch…

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