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St Wenn Remembers
November 8 - November 11
‘As we are in the month of Remembrance, we must be mindful of the significance this year has in marking the Centenary of the Armistice. News articles and photographs now dominate our television screens and we hear about film archives from battle lines and trenches and the work recently undertaken by the Director, Sir Peter Jackson, to introduce sound and colour to these clips. Or the Artist, Rob Heard, making 19,240 individual miniature statues to depict those who lost their lives in the bloodiest loss of life in the Battle of the Somme on July 01, 1916. Of the 100,000 British troops who attacked enemy lines, almost a fifth of them were killed and more than 40,000 injured.
These articles and stories empower us to reflect and remember those lost and those who returned from The Great War. It may make us think about our own ancestors and research their involvement, or it may encourage us to participate in some form of ‘Remembrance.
St Wenn Remembers enables you to do just that! Running from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November, the programme of events include opportunities to learn about the lads from St Wenn who served, died and returned from The Great War – 1914-1918. The Flower Festival depicts the aspects of WW1 – home life, the frontline, medicine, the cavalry, to name but a few. With a pub night, Blighty Breakfast, Cinema Night, two concerts and a Remembrance Service, this promises to be an event that will bring people together, commemorate and give thanks for their freedoms and liberties.‘
Thursday 8th November 2018 – From 6:30pm in the church, Ben Warwick and some singing colleagues professionally perform a programme of songs, including a collection from the St Ween school choir. A cash bar is available and entry is £3 per adult on the door. A donation box for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes will be available too.
Friday 9th November 2018 – A commemorative flower festival and Armistice exhibition in the Church. Open from 10:30am-4:30pm. Entry is £2.50 per person, £1 per programme. Cream teas and a soup lunch available in the hall from 10:30am-4:30pm.
Pub night by the St Wenn Parish Society from 6:30pm until 11:00pm. Entering a WW1 bunker with music from the era… there may be a sing along around the piano! If you feel like dressing up then please feel free but it isn’t obligatory.
Saturday 10th November 2018 – The flower festival and exhibition continues in the church – open from 10:30am-4:30pm. Cream teas available in the hall from 1pm-4:30pm.
From 10am-12pm St Wenn Community Trust’s ‘Blighty Breakfast’ will be served in the hall. £7 for adults and £4 for children.
A Cinema night from 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start. Brought by CFylm ‘A Cornish Tommy’s Return’ and Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel ‘War Horse’ will be shown in the church on a large screen. Popcorn and munchies will be available to buy. £5 per person at the door. Bring your own drink. Film is a 12a, for rating guidance go to www.bbfc.co.uk
Sunday 11th November 2018 – Service of Remembrance at 10am, part of which takes place outside at the refurbished war memorial.
The flower festival and WW1 exhibition opens from 11:30am-4:30pm.
The ‘Finale’ and National Commemoration starts at 6:55pm.
‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert by Mount Charles Brass Band in the Church from 6:30pm prompt. Pre-booking is essential – booking reference admission only. Available from Jo, £10 per person.
For more information follow the ‘All Things St Wenn’ page on facebook or visit www.stwenn.co.uk
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, “For your tomorrow, we gave you our today” – John Maxwell Edmunds 1916’