Life in a Cumbrian Village

Cumwhitton Service of Remembrance November 2021

Service of Remembrance
On Sunday, 14th November we held our Service of Remembrance on the village green in front of St Mary’s Church. It was heart-warming to see so many from our Parish and beyond come to share this important occasion. We were lucky to have a calm day free from rain and to have so many prepared to support the Service in so many different ways. Particular thanks must go to Sophie for the playing of the Last Post and the Reveille. When all is quiet and the sound of The Last Post echoes across the village it creates such a powerful feeling of remembrance of all the sacrifices made by so many and the grief that will have remained with families. We are grateful to Kevin for representing the Armed Forces when laying the Wreath of Poppies; one hundred years after the Poppy appeal began and the Royal British legion was created to support injured soldiers. Geoff, Peter and Kate, Terry and Stewart, Mike, Avril and Roger, Margaret and Edward, Dolly and Roger, Lucy and Megan, Ethan and Arwen, Derek, and Steve and Ray carried the crosses of Remembrance as we thought of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The First World War poetry read by Charlie helped to recreate the atmosphere of hardship and sacrifice suffered by so many.
The words of Rev Edward were thought provoking reminding us all of the role we need to play once war is over if such sacrifice can ever be rewarded by peace. To have time in the Service to remember those we have loved and are no longer with us was appreciated. White ribbons tied to the railings of the Spring Well as a token of our remembrance and love brought the Service to a conclusion. It was very encouraging to see so many from all generations of the Parish coming together and this reflects the strength of our community.