Remembrance Service 2013

 

On Friday 8th November we held a Remembrance day parade. The children from Reception to Year 6 were led by Members of the British Legion to the Memorial Garden. 

We had a similar service last year and we could not help but think that our memorial was a bit drab and not of a standard to commemorate such a great sacrifice. The school contacted a local artist, Becci Holmes and asked could she help the pupils design a mural that would be more fitting than the current concrete wall. In September all the pupils in the junior department helped and each child painted a different section of the mural under Becci’s supervision.

We asked Lovell’s, who are building a large development of housing in the village to help with its installation. Mrs Bernadette Vickery, their community liaison officer was delighted to help. She arranged for painters and carpenters to paint the wall and install the art work. With all the rain we have had over the past few weeks it was touch and go if it would be installed in time, but luckily it was.

Despite the pouring rain all the pupils marched behind the British Legion to the memorial. Councillor Barry Stephens unveiled the mural which looked absolutely stunning in its new setting.  At the Memorial Reverend Doctor Desmond Harvey held a service, he used to be a Chaplin in the Royal Air Force. The children placed a wreath they had made at the memorial before saying a final prayer. Local residents also attended and all were invited back to school for a cup of tea and cake This service will hopefully help the children develop an understanding of the sacrifice our soldiers made in the various wars we have fought in and hopefully keep up the tradition of Remembrance for many years to come.

 

 

Remembrance Mural

 Lovells helped install our mural and paint the wall of the memorial.

 

We worked with an artist, Becci Holmes to create a mural for the village

 memorial garden. All the junior children took turns in painting a section.

 We can't wait to see it in place on November 8th.