Our community came together and did Ollerton and Boughton proud as we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st Great War with the ‘River of Poppies’ initiative running through our Parish. This year’s Remembrance Service took place in the War Memorial Gardens in Ollerton Village: The Act of Remembrance was followed by a service of Hope and Peace – we paid our respects as we remembered the fallen, poppy crosses were placed around the cenotaph by local school children, a special scroll with all the names was placed onto the battlefield altar: the drum altar, wreaths were laid and then transitioned into hope and peace with the reading of the poem ‘Paper Dove’ and the releasing of 3 doves to symbolise the hope and peace bringers from the poem. Thank you Lymns Funeral Directors for partnering with us with the doves. The church bells at St Giles were rung mirroring the ringing of church bells, which had long been silent, being heard in communities as news of the Armistice spread around our land 100 years. Leading up to the service, local school children decorated white stones for those gathered in the Memorial Gardens to take away as a sign of peace of hope and our commitment to work together as peace makers and hope bringers in our homes, schools, communities and the world in Large.
St Giles church was open over the weekend for people to light candles, view the Remembrance 100 displays and for quiet reflection. Thank you to everyone who contributed and supported the weekend – a weekend which we will never forget.