All Saints - Remembering the Armistice
The initial idea for this event to mark the centenary of the end of World War I came after the successful flower festival in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare at All Saints’ church; inspiration for some of the displays in 2018 came from churches across Britain.
At precisely 10am on Saturday 10 November, a large group of visitors could be seen making their way reverently up the church path in Upper Clatford, looking at the silhouettes of soldiers on their right and the handmade poppies and doves of peace on their left-hand side. The procession of people continued practically all day long.
On entering the porch, visitors were introduced to the impact of the Great War on Upper Clatford itself; the village’s civilian population were part of the critical powerhouse on the Home Front and played a key role.
Inside the church, there was a collection of contemporary artworks inspired by the War, which had been created by individuals and local groups such as the Women’s Institute, together with fascinating archives which enabled visitors to connect directly with the stories of individuals who had served their country. The baton of remembrance was passed to the next generation through an excellent display or art work and creative writing by Year 6 of Clatford C of E Primary School.
The poignancy of the occasion was brought to us through the excellent readings of World War I poetry and extracts from plays by the Burdock Valley Players. The event was brought to a fitting end with a service of Compline led by the Revd Katrina Dykes.
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