Remembrance Sunday

Whilst Remembrance Sunday seeks to commemorate all those who died in the last 100 years in service of their country, this year's ceremony focus in particular on those who died 75 years ago in some of the major battles of the Second World War: Monte Casino, Kohima, and the D-Day Landing to name but three. To this end, around 100 Long Bennington residents attended a short Remembrance Day service in the Methodist Chapel, before moving across the road into the Memorial Gardens for an Act of Remembrance which a 2 Minute Silence. In all over 200 villagers attended the Act of Remembrance, where, as well as the laying of personal wreathes and crosses, wreathes were laid on behalf of: the British Legion, the 3 Services, the Parish Council, St Swithun's Church, and the Methodist Church. A highlight of the Memorial Garden's event was the playing of both 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' by James Diamond, a local schoolboy. The retiring collection raised just under £400 for the British Legion. The Chapel service and Memorial Garden prayers were led by Sylvia Andrews, a local lay-reader.

Later in the day the St Swithun's church community held a charity Remembrance Sunday Lunch, in Whittaker's Wine Bar, which raised £589 towards the Church Restoration Project.


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