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    We Will Remember Them…

    They were remembered in thought, words and deeds by people in the Washburn Valley and many visitors.

    St Michael and St Lawrence church with the stunning cascade of poppies and flowers hosted The Centenary Commemmoration of WW1 Armistice with a concert two choirs, Pinsuti Chamber Choir and Washburn Valley Choir. The contrasting music representing the evocative music of composers influenced by the devastating effects of WW1. Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Parry, Faure contributed to the challenging programme for the singers.

    With a full house of 124 people, choirs of 40 singers the final singing of Jerusalem raised the roof, a very local response to the national mood of Remembrance.

    Over 35 people, mainly ladies of course, contributed to the poppy cascade – sincere thanks to all of them for their motivation and remembrance.

    Local men lost in the war are remembered individually with pictures and carefully archived words in the Washburn Heritage Centre. Archivists have worked diligently to produce this exhibition which contributes to the War and the Washburn Valley programme at the Washburn Heritage Centre. Visitors to the Centre, and the Church have appreciated the exhibition, and the diverse events of the programme. Walks, talks and suppers reflecting historical and current aspects of military involvement in our locality and wider society are included.

    Finally, in response to the national appeal to commemorate 1400 bell ringers who died in WW1, the bells were rung at Fewston, half muffled out of respect for the dead, with rounds, call changes and Cloisters. On 11 November at  19.05,  to link with the lighting of bonfires across the nation, bell ringers were asked to ring –  the bells were rung at St Andrew’s, Blubberhouses.

    They were remembered and those who continue to serve and sustain injuries and death will be helped by donations of £450 to Combat Stress and £450 to Help for Heroes.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed, and made us all remember.