We Will Remember

Above: Poppy among leaves representing souls lost in WW1 by Karen Smith.

Remembrance Respect Shown 

Services, parades and beacon lightings will be held across the Shotley peninsula today to show respect to our ward dead.

Church services at all our churches will start from 10.30 with a minute;s silence followed by the Last post at 11am.

Wreaths will also be laid at memorials and grave yards.

There will be a special concert at Shotley village hall from 2pm, open to all. 

St Michael's Church service, at Woolverstone, will be joined by a number of There But There Tommies, and a superb display marking the village's contribution to both World Wars is being exhibited.

Beacons will be lit at the High School, Woolverstone and the Wheatsheaf field in Tattingstone, both starting at 6.30pm. 

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Peninsula Pupils Pay Tribute

Hundreds of schoolchildren across the peninsula paid tribute to our war dead this morning. (November 8)

The pupils focussed on the hundreds of World War One graves as part of the Suffolk Remembers 100 to commemorate the 1918 Armistice, and the 1,332 first world war servicemen buried in Suffolk.

Almost 150 pupils from Shotley primary school marked the 214 WW1 war graves at the CWGC cemetery, St Mary's Church, Shotley. A very young bugler played the Last Post, in a very moving tribute.

Andrew Coulson led the service, with Shotley and Chelmondiston British Legion chairman Brian Ives, while children from Years 5/6 read passages. 

District councillor Derek Davis, was among the ex servicemen attending the service and said: "The children were a total credit to their school, their parents and the village.

"Although this is a special year in terms of 100 years since the end of World War One, pupils from Shotley primary school walk to the church to mark remembrance every year and it is wonderful to see the tradition continued and immaculately observed."

Although predominantly Royal Navy, there are graves of foreign  sailors including Dutch and German, at the cemetery.

There is also a headstone to mark two Shotley brothers, Frank  and Oliver Bear who were killed in France 1916 and 1917. One served with the Suffolk Regiment, the other with the Norfolk Regiment.

A third brother, Fred, who survived the war and emigrated to New Zealand had his ashes flown back to be scattered with his siblings' grave.

 In Chelmondiston, more than 120 primary schoolchildren paid tribute to the one gave in St Andrews Church graveyard, belonging to Harry Briggs, also of the Suffolk Regiment, who died in 1915.

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Peninsula Remembers 100 Years On

Every Remembrance Day is poignant but this year will be extra special as the Royal British Legion commemorates 100 years since the end of World War One with a series of special events.

Many parishes on the peninsula will mark the 1918 Armistice on both the 11th hour of the 11th day in November, and also at cemeteries across the county on November 8 with a unique commemoration organised by Suffolk Remembers 100.

Every one of the churchyards, including the Commonwealth War Graves at Shotley, with a grave from someone from the 1914-1918 Great War will be visited and marked at 11am on Thurday, November 8.

Children from schools at Woolverstone, Holbrook, Stutton, Shotley and Chelmondiston, will show respect as commemoration markers are placed on the graves, which are part of 1,332 graves in 248 Suffolk cemeteries.

All 123 Chelmondison primary school pupils are due to crowd around the one World War grave in the St Andrews churchyard to honour Harry Briggs.

Tommy silhouettes (pictured right) are part of a display at St Michael's Church, Woolverstone between November 5 - 12, with information about the 20 men from the village who gave their lives in the Great War.

They are also being placed at signs marking the entrances of villages, such as Shotley and Chelmo (pictured above), and other places in various villages.

Two Tommy's, wearing poppies, have been cleverly placed by the Royal British Legion chairman Brian Ives under the 'Proud to Serve' message at Manish Patel's Community award-winning shop and post office, in Shotley.

There will be a special service at Holbrook on Friday, November 9 at All Saints' church when the Holbrook Society will be holding an evening of Remembrance from 7pm. 

Vivo choir and pupils from Holbrook Academy will be there as the society looks at what the war meant for Holbrook using records researched by the society, including Samantha Lanier, while refreshments with a WW1 theme, will be available.

Then on Sunday, November 11, a special concert will be held at Shotley Village Hall in the afternoon, organised by Shotley and Chelmondiston British Legion chairman Brian Ives along with the two parish councils.

Featuring the Suffolk Concert Band and the Brigade's Drums and Bugles, the event starts at 2pm. This will be followed by a Sunset Ceremony.

A Commemorative Poppy Tea will be held at Tattingstone Village Hall on November 11 between 2pm-4pm, where an exhibition by Village Recorder and local children  will tell the story of villagers and others who fought and gave their lives in
World War 1 and in other conflicts.

The Tattingstone Wheatsheaf is lighting a beacon in the pub field as part of the Battle's Over event, on November 11, starting at 6.45pm.

Beacon's will also be lit at Woolverstone and Shotley.

An indigenous Chequers tree will be planted in the wild flower area of the Millennium Green at Harkstead at 12.30pm, following the Remembrance Service at the village's St Mary's Church, which starts at 10.55am.  

The church will also host at Trail of Discovery on November 24, between 1pm-4pm.,  All are welcome to  explore St Mary's Church and its many fascinating features with illustrations by Charlotte Stewart.  Supported by The Arts Society and Orwell Decorative and Fine Arts Society. 

Various Women's Institutes across the peninsula have been busy using their needlecraft skills to make thousands of poppies, including Chelmondiston WI, (as pictured top right).

Poppies created by volunteers will also be displayed from November 5 for at least two weeks within Quay Place. The display will form the back drop of a variety of events.  A display of information unearthed the stories of 22 men and a service of dedication from the Bishop in the evening. Thursday, November 8 there is a music and poetry evening featuring Royal Hospital School.

An aural art exhibition takes places at sunset every evening from now until November 12 at Ipswich Waterfront. 100 female voices perform an amazingly unique and haunting musical event. Click here to hear my recording...

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