Churches around Peasedown St John, Wellow and Shoscombe will be holding special services on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November.
Peasedown St John’s annual Remembrance Sunday service will be held in St John’s Parish Church, Church Road.
Starting at the new time of 10.45am, the service will feature presentations from members of the Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides and other uniformed groups.
Last year over 200 people packed the church to remember those who have given their lives in conflict.
Revd Matthew Street, who is chaplain to the uniformed groups in the local area, will be leading the service. Last year, the service remembered the Battle of the Somme in recognition of its 100th Anniversary. This year, there will be a special focus on ‘Surviving the trenches in World War 1’ with an emphasis on the mud that killed so many in the Battle of Passchendaele: 31st July to 6th November 1917
Revd Street said:
“Each year it is important to collectively remember those that have laid down their lives for the freedom and civil liberties we all enjoy today.
At this year’s village remembrance service, we will especially remember those who fought and gave their lives fighting in the trenches of World War I, as next year marks 100 years since the end of the Great War.
We shall also take time to read aloud the names of the fallen from Peasedown St John, one by one.”
Wreaths will be laid during the service at the war memorial in the church by members of the uniformed groups, B&NES Cllr Sarah Bevan, Cllr Kathy Thomas – Chairwoman of the Parish Council, and Captain (Retd) Dick Beath late of the Light Infantry.
Prayers will be led by Revd Matthew Street, with Cllr Sarah Bevan reading out the Names of the Fallen. Cllr Kathy Thomas will be reading a passage from the Bible.
Meanwhile in St Julian’s Church, Wellow, a trumpeter will lead the Last Post during the Remembrance Service which also starts at 10.45 am.
In St Julian’s Church, Shoscombe, the Remembrance Service will start at 10.00 am, a two-minute silence will be observed with Revd Matthew Street speaking.