Monday 13 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday

Yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday service at the village War Memorial yesterday was well supported by our community.

Once again, the service was taken by our Lay Minister, John Scholefield, who recalled all those from our village who sacrificed their lives during both World Wars.

Air Marshall Sue Gray led the laying of the wreaths, including a number of our village youngsters, and John Lewis kindly organised all the necessary technical support.

Following the service, many joined our ‘Chearsley Remembers’ celebration at the Village Hall. Thanks to the many who helped in providing ‘refreshments for the troops’.

The event provided those attending with an opportunity to enjoy a fascinating range of ‘memorabilia’, providing broader insights into the realities of life in those difficult times. In particular, Fenella Tillier, Gladys Arnott, John Scholefied and Alan Mitchener shared memories from their own families’ involvement during the Great War.

Alan also paid his own tribute to a number from our own community who gave such valuable service to their country during World War Two, as well as sharing with us some of his own still vivid experiences living as a young child in London during those difficult years.

He also urged us to remember all those who have suffered in the many conflicts which have taken place since that time and indeed continue to do so to this day.