Our village is moving towards a weekend of commemoration and the culmination of months, in some cases years, of hard work by individuals and groups alike. Stunning displays of poppies have appeared on St Michael’s Church and the Green (thanks to Lorraine Kimber for the photos below). There will be a concert with Aldbourne Band and the Community Choir on Friday evening 9 November; exhibitions on both days but sadly, due to poor ticket sales, the celebratory dance on Saturday 10 November has been cancelled.
Click on the posters above for a nice clear view of all the information you need!
The United Remembrance Service will take place at the Memorial Hall from 10.45am on Sunday morning, 11 November. See www.whittonteam.org.uk. St Michael’s Church bells will ring prior to the service and again at 12.30pm, for the national event Ringing Remembers. There’s one amendment to the poster above: the bells won’t be ringing again on Sunday evening at 7.05pm – if that changes, I’ll update this post.
I’m contributing to the exhibition in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 10 November and Sunday 11 November, joining Phil Comley with his collection of WW1 artefacts, photographs and stories from Aldbourne. Phil will also be giving illustrated talks during the weekend. I’ll be bringing along photos from the opening of the Memorial Hall in 1922 and the 90th Anniversary in 2012. I’m also hoping to bring along some of the information I’ve gathered by using social media – the Aldbourne Archive on Facebook has produced some surprises over the past few years. I’ve also had some chance encounters with visitors to the village looking up their relatives; it’s amazing who you bump into whilst walking a dog!
Phil’s talks will be at 11am & 3pm on Saturday 10 November and 3pm on Sunday 11 November. Afternoon refreshments will be served in the Memorial Hall, including Trench Cake and Anzac Biscuits. (Personally, I’m very much looking forward to sitting down with a cuppa and biscuit – huge heart-felt thank you in advance to the refreshment team!).
The Aldbourne Community Heritage Group have an exhibition in the Methodist Church Hall with static displays and unveiling their new interactive digital displays which will showcase: The Aldbourne Roll of Honour, Aldbourne in the First World War and After, Stories of Aldbourne Men and their Families.
Exhibitions at both venues: 10am – 4pm Saturday 10 November & 2pm – 5pm Sunday 11 November. Admission free.
Aldbourne Memorial Hall Committee have received support from donations from within our community, Aldbourne Parish Council and a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. This grant under the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme has provided There But Not There silhouettes that will feature as an installation in the Memorial Hall over the weekend.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant please visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk