Armistice Day 2018

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11 month silence fell at the Bradninch War Memorial just as it did over the battlefields of Europe exactly 100 years ago, marking the end of the First World War.

      

A Remembrance Service at St Disen’s Church followed the laying of wreaths. Afterwards there was an opportunity to look at the St George’s Chapel set out with some of the gifts donated in 1917 when it was renovated as a War Memorial.  These included the recently restored bog oak cross and silver candlesticks on the altar.  The congregation was also able   to admire and  reflect upon the beautiful cross stitch tapestry, on its especially made stand, bearing the names of 66 men from Bradninch and Hele who died as a result of the war.  They are more than names.

A collection of £269, made at the service, has been forwarded to the Royal British Legion.

Memorial Service

A beautiful candlelit memorial service was held in St Disens on Sunday 4th November.  Moving and yet comforting as the long list of names was read out and as people came forward to light candles for their loved ones.  They are more than names.

 

‘We Will Remember Them’

Forthcoming services and events in St Disen’s Church to mark All Souls Day on 2nd November and Armistice Day on 11th November.

4th November  All Souls Memorial Service  4.00pm

A reflective service to remember loved ones.

10th November  Bradninch Remembers, 7.30pm

An evening of reflection and performance to mark the centenary of the end of WWI, with David Davies and Heloise West.

11th November  Armistice/Remembrance Day

Armistice Day begins at the War Memorial outside the Guildhall at 10.45am before moving down to St Disen’s Church for the Remembrance Service.

And, in memory of all the men and women of Bradninch who paid the ultimate price in the service of their country we have a new page on our website: Lest We Forget.  They are more than names.

There But Not There

The silhouette of a WWI soldier has been set up outside the Guildhall.  The soldier is part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There But Not There‘, as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many during the war and in doing so raise funds for the charity Remembered.

Close to the war memorial, ‘visible’ to all passers by and backed by a wall of poppies, this is a good place for a soldier.  The beautiful poppies, crafted by the Bradninch WI and others  have blossomed profusely, just as their real counterparts did on the fields of Flanders a century ago.  The purple poppies are a reminder of the thousands of animals that also served, and died, during the war.

 

Harvest Festival

 

Harvest Festival was celebrated at St. Disen’s with a service taken by Revd Keith Gale.  As well as prayers offered for farmers, fishermen and those in the food distribution industry, the main focus of the service was on the need to share our good fortune with others, both in this country and world-wide.

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Keith spoke about the work of CHAT (Church Housing Aid in Tiverton), for whom he is a volunteer worker and which is one of St. Disen’s regular charities.  A collection of items for CHAT was blessed during the service and there was also a  special collection for the hurricane relief fund in Indonesia.

    

After the service, members of the congregation and others enjoyed a splendid three course meal in St. Disen’s Hall. Our thanks to all who helped prepare, serve and clear up afterwards.

Harvest Hoe-down

Unfortunately, the Harvest Hoe-down, scheduled for October 13th, has had to be cancelled.

Apologies to those who wanted to come, but very few people bought tickets!

Church Gift Week

Thank you, so much, to all who gave so generously to Church Gift Week.  The total collected, including the Gift Aid contributions, was £2,892.

This money will all be spent on repairs to and restoration of the church and church hall.

Harvest Hoedown!

Come and join us in the Guildhall on Saturday 13th October for a Harvest Hoedown with JAMAS.
Ploughmans and pud from 6.30pm. Barn Dance from 8.00pm
Adults £5.00, under 16s £2.50, under 5s free.
Tickets available from Bradninch Spar

Descendants of Squire Boone Visit St. Disen’s

A lovely e-mail received from our American friends:

Hello Ros,
We are the descendants of Squire Boone and Squire junior, brother of the famous Daniel. We recently had the pleasure of meeting you and others of your congregation when we visited St Disen’s Church.  I decided to send the photo as a thank you for your wonderful hospitality.  St Disen’s was on my list of places to visit for many years and it was lovelier than I ever imagined, thanks to you good folks!

Later, we were invited to attend the dedication of the Squire Boone (junior) statue in Shelbyville, Ky.  Squire founded the first settlement in the area in 1776 and named it Painted Stone.  According to the people of Shelbyville, Daniel wouldn’t have lived so long if it wasn’t for his younger brother, Squire (my 5th great-grandfather) as he saved his life at least three times!

 

It was wonderful having made both those excursions in the same year.  Thank you again for your warm reception. We hope to return someday.

Blessings to you all, Lori. Seattle, Wa. USA