Last Sunday, 2nd December, marked the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the church’s year and a time to start looking forward to the birth of Christ. Following our Advent Service at which the first candle in our Advent wreath was lit and singing such wonderful Advent hymns as ‘Lo! he comes with clouds descending’ and ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel!’ we sat down to share a lovely lunch in a most festive setting. Thank you to all who helped prepare and serve the meal and cleared away afterwards.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.