REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018


      This year's Remembrance Sunday had an extra significance as we joined with numerous others in marking the 100 years anniversary of the ending of The Great War.

On this page are photos from the service that took place on 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918.

This armistice took effect at 11:00 French time and ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and Germany. Previous armistices had eliminated Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the war.

Remembrance Service photos by Nick Reynolds, Click to enlarge
   


Remembrance Sunday is one of the times in the year when we all come together as a community to acknowledge the men from this Village who gave their lives and their families who suffered as a consequence.  This year both St. Giles and the Village rose to the occasion in a very memorable way.
 
The Flower Festival proved to be a huge success.  Including the Sunday congregations, over 700 people had an opportunity to pause and reflect on that great conflict through the variety of arrangements on display.  In addition the information gathered together from members of the Church about relatives who served in WW1 was very interesting.  More Photos

This was complemented by the very impressive and excellent research that Anne Francis undertook and displayed in the Village Hall concerning the lives of the men listed on Farnborough War Memorial.  Similar work was undertaken by members of St. Nicholas as well.
 

The 10.00 a.m. All Age Worship and Parade service was so well attended that it was standing room only and I do apologise to any who could not be accommodated at that service and had to return home.  Flavia Ormond's address was deeply moving and I am so grateful to her for all that she put into her address, both on the day and in the preparation.

Our 11.15 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. services were well attended and opportunity was given to reflect on WW1 through the lives of The Revd. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy aka Woodbine Willie, and in the evening we focused on the poetry of Wilfred Owen with excellent deliveries of the poems, and wonderful organ and choral music at both services, and especially at the wet and windy outdoor singing around the War Memorial, photos from which are below click to enlarge.


 

At the 10.00 a.m. and Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial services, undaunted by the weather, the Junior Choir and younger members of our community showed great respect in their singing, laying of wreaths and Standard bearing by the uniformed organisations.  A special mention must be made of both trumpet players who, in the morning and evening services, sounded the Last Post in a very clear and crisp way.

Saturday afternoon's Memorial Tea was an excellent occasion and many commented on the nice balance that was struck between the solemnity of the occasion and the lighter side of the commemoration as those gathered made a very good fist of singing such WW1 classics as 'It’s a long way to Tipperary' and 'Keep the home fires burning'.  It was good to work together with the Village Society and I was very appreciative, along with many others, for the excellent music provided by the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Training Band, and the lovely cakes and sandwiches.

Finally, mention must be made of the full peal that was wonderfully rung at St. Giles on the Sunday afternoon. Read More

On behalf of so many I would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who helped to make this Remembrance weekend such a special, dignified and memorable occasion.

I am reluctant to mention names in case anyone is overlooked, but if you played a part, great or small, in helping Church and Village to mark this important occasion in the life of our Village - thank you very much indeed.  

Matthew Hughes, Rector and Sue Ellis, Farnborough Village Society ,