Somme 100 Commemoration
On Saturday July 9th at 11:00 we held a service at Saint Barnabas church to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and to lay up a British Legion standard. This was followed by an exhibition about the Battle of the Somme and the price paid by New Whittington's soldiers during 1916. The church was attractively decorated with flowers reflecting the theme of corn flowers and poppies. The service was beautiful and moving, starting with a very evocative piece written by a soldier who took part in the battle, and who died the following year, aged 23. A poem, written and read, by a local person followed this, describing the bird song, and the quiet, still beauty of the battlefield today; belying the horrors that took place there 100 years ago. The Last post Post was played, a two minutes silence held, then the Reveille played before a Standard of the British Legion was laid up with in the church with due reverence.
Over 40 people attended the service, and afterwards enjoyed the light refreshments laid on by the church while they chatted and browsed round the exhibition. The exhibition was open till 4:00 pm and during this period a further 15 people came to look around. All appeared to find it interesting and moving. One woman who dropped in, was on her way to the shops to collect a newspaper for her husband, and only intended to have a brief look round, but ended up staying for around 30 minutes.
The event raised over £130 all of which was donated to the Royal British Legion.
We would like to thank all those who helped make this event such a success - both those who helped out at the event, and all those who attended.