Commemoration of World War 1 - 3rd August 2014

A report of the event.

Over the last few weeks a team have planned and organised an event to commemorate World War I.  

On the 3rd August 2014 the event was held in St Nicholas Church, Addlethorpe.  The Church was open from 2p.m. and visitors were treated to a display of bell-ringing, took part in a raffle and tombola and were able to purchase home made cakes and biscuits, and home grown produce.  Refreshments were available and activities arranged for the children where they could make felt poppies and medals and play a game of table football, (a tribute to the football match played in No-man's land at Christmas 1914).

The flower ladies gave us some wonderful flower displays arranged around the church and the exhibits.  There were pictorial exhibits about Farming in Lincolnshire at that time, Animals at War and the trenches, battles and battlefields.  Also a poster showed how the Poppy became the symbol of Remembrance.  A variety of items were loaned including a field gun, hand guns and helmets,also a bicycle and a tractor.

In the Lady Chapel, a Remembrance Exhibit was arranged and the display included informative posters about the Medals, the Princess Elizabeth Christmas Gift Tin and the 'dead penny'.  On show were two sets of medals, a death plaque or 'dead penny' and a Christmas Tin along with postcards and letters.  The Poppy Wreaths from the War Memorial at Ingoldmells were also displayed. The team would like to thank everyone for their hard work and for the loan of the items displayed.

At 4p.m. a short service of Remembrance was held, led by Rev. Julie Donn, with hymns and Poems of WW1.  The sermon was very poignant and reminded us all about the important part that animals such as horses and dogs played during the war and the sacrifice our four-legged and feathered friends made alongside the men who fought and gave their lives.

'At the going down of the sun and in the morning