All four churches in our two villages will be joining together with the British Legion and the uniformed organisations at 10.45 am around the war memorial for the Act of Remembrance. The names of all in the two villages who died in conflict will be read out, with a single bell tolled for each one, while Scouts and Guides will place crosses around the war memorial.
The Remembrance Service follows immediately in St Mary’s Church – during the service we will be constructing a ‘drumhead altar’ like those that we used for services on the battlefield during the First World War.
All are very welcome to join us for this special centenary commemoration.
And don’t forget our quiet, reflective service of Compline (Night Prayer) on Saturday 10th November at 8.00 pm – one of the oldest services in the church. A short service lasting about 20 minutes preceded by quiet music and ending with silence.
END OF FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATION EVENTS IN KELVEDON & FEERING
On 11th November 2018, 100 years since armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and Cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country, to mark the end of the First World War Centenary Commemorations. When the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey were inaugurated in 1920, they became the focus of national mourning. By the end of the Great War, more than three quarter of a million British Soldiers were dead, more than 192,000 wives had lost their husbands and nearly 360,000 children had lost their fathers. The scale of the suffering was almost beyond comprehension and the official and public recognition of that pain, even if it was just a name on a memorial to the missing as the great arch of the Menin Gate at Ypres, was enormously significant in helping these families to face the future.
War Memorials matter. They stand in village squares, on railway stations, in churches and in football grounds and they are cared for by the same communities from which men were drawn. Many were Kitchener volunteers, who had been to school, worked and enlisted together. Their families knew each other well and the grief was shared. Today, the record may be up to date, including the dead from Iraq or Afghanistan, but the suffering they represent is the same as it ever was.
In Kelvedon and Feering we will gather around our churches and memorials, to remember those lost men, who at the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardship, faced danger and finally passed out of sight of men by path and duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives, that others may live their freedom.
To mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 and to commemorate this historic event, as the guardians of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion (RBL) Kelvedon Branch (which includes Feering), is supporting and working with our communities (churches, councils, schools, groups and organisations), to plan and hold a number of events including: the “Big Knit” Poppy Challenge for the cascade of poppies at St Mary's Parish Church, creating a Poppy Banner, publication and launch of ‘The Lost Men of Kelvedon and Feering’ Book, Feering Cinema Club will be screening the film ‘Testament of Youth’, Kelvedon Players in association with the Kelvedon Community Association are putting on a performance of “Oh What A Lovely War” and there will be interactive RBL presentations at Kelvedon and Feering schools. We will also be displaying Silent Soldier silhouettes at the various initiatives and events, which are part of the “There But Not There” commemorative event. The commemoration events and initiatives being held across our two villages, will lead up to a procession, Act of Remembrance and Ecumenical Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November 2018.
The table below outlines the events and initiatives being planned. Further details will be confirmed and made available over the next few weeks, by the RBL Kelvedon Branch and the various groups and organisations involved as follows: Kelvedon and Feering Parish Magazines and village Facebook pages, posters/flyers around the villages, local press and media, visit the websites - www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/kelvedon or http://www.kelvedonandfeeringchurches.co.uk/
You can also contact: Joanna Brown (Publicity Officer, RBL Kelvedon Branch) – Tel. 07855 369516 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will join in the commemoration events being held, to help our communities to come together and remember and honour those lost during WW1.
Stephen Laccohee, Chairman, Royal British Legion – Kelvedon Branch
Timetable of Commemoration Events
Poppy Installation Photo Gallery