Yare Valley Churches

World War 1 Commemorations 2014

World War 1 Commemorations

           The community came together to commemorate the centenary of Britain’s entry into World War One on 4 August 1914.

           The commemorative tea-party which began events, on Sunday 3 August at Brundall Memorial Hall, was attended by nearly 80 people.  They heard readings of poems written during World War One, and an account by Mrs Hall, a munitions worker, of what she endured in the munitions factory.  The audience then enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea before participating in a sing-song, led by Brundall Singers, of songs written during the period.  The event was rounded off by a rousing rendition of ‘Jerusalem’.  The ticket money from this event will be split between The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

A service of commemoration was held on the evening of 4 August at St Laurence Church (Brundall), attended by the Chairman of Broadland Council, Mr Andrew Proctor, and Cllr. MikeSnowling MBE, and representatives of the local Parish Councils, among the large congregation.  The Royal British Legion standard was paraded, and a wreath was laid on the World War One plaque in the church by Col. Ian Makin, President of the Brundall and District branch of The Royal British Legion, accompanied by two of the Beavers who were also on parade.

World War 1 bannersThe exhibitions mounted at Braydeston and Brundall churches from Tuesday 5 August produced some wonderful memorabilia loaned by members of the local communities, telling the stories of families and friends involved in “the war to end wars”.  The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Brundall Local History Group also mounted displays in Brundall Church, and refreshments with home-made cakes were on offer in both Brundall and Braydeston.

The list of those involved in the organisation of these events would be too long to name everyone, but especial thanks must go to Rev. Peter and Mrs Paula-Marie Leech,  Mrs Pat Seaman and Mrs Gaye Hailstone, to those who helped in setting up the  exhibitions, and to all the ladies who made sandwiches and baked cakes throughout the week.


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