Remembrance Day Service at St Mary's Church
20 November 2023 (by admin)
On Friday 10th November 2023 the staff and pupils of Trinity CE Primary School made their way to St. Mary’s Church, Acton Turville for the annual Service of Remembrance.
At 10:30 we lined up ready to walk to the church with two Year 6 pupils, Rayven & Sienna, at the front holding our poppy wreath. Behind them were the remaining Year 6 pupils walking with their Reception buddies, followed by the Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pupils. Once we got to the church we headed inside for the first part of our Remembrance Service.
At the service Reverend Thomson welcomed us began by saying a prayer after which two of the school ambassadors, Amelia and Lexi, stood in the pulpit to read from the Book of Romans 12.14-17;
We then listened as Caspar, Izzy, Thomas, Sophie and Henry stood in the centre aisle of the church and read ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae.
Lucca, Lincoln, Luke and Arty then read the Trinity CE Primary school prayer.
Next, we walked outside to congregate by Arthur William Hobbs’ grave for the second part of the service. We were joined by members of the British Legion and the wider community. Once again Reverend Thomson started the proceedings with the act of remembrance, followed by Peter Moss reading the names and a brief biography of the fallen who are associated with Acton Turville.
Two of the school ambassadors, Cameron and Willoughby, then read verse 4 of ‘For the fallen’ by Laurence Binyon.
At this point a trumpeter played ‘The Last Post’ signifying the start of the two-minute silence and the lowering of the flag held by Alastair Gilbert. The silence was impeccably observed by all present.
After we heard the ‘Reveille’ marking that the the two minute silence was over Peter Moss read the Kohima epitaph.
In line with tradition the school children laid the wreath and a number of small wooden crosses. Two other wreaths were laid by others present. When everyone got back to their places we sang the ‘National Anthem’ and Reverend Thomson ended the service with a blessing.
Finally, we walked back to our school taking note of the giant poppies along the route which also had information about local people who served our country. We think it is very important that we mark Remembrance Day every year and pay our respects to those who served and those who lost their lives in service. We would also like to thank the British Legion, Alastair Gilbert, Peter Moss, Reverend Thomson and St. Mary’s Church for their help and support.