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How our Parishes commemorated one hundred years since the start of the First World War 

On 1st June St John the Evangelist Lund held a service on Remembrance led by Rev John Bannister, attended by parishioners, members of the uniformed organisations (Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers), members of 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment from Weeton Camp, the Parish Council and Newton Residents’ Association. Following the service on this beautiful sunny day, everyone planted Flanders poppy seeds supplied by the Royal British Legion and donated by a local business around the church. The ground had been prepared with help from HMP Kirkham. It was a real community event which was covered by the local press with a write up and pictures in the Blackpool Gazette and Lancashire Evening Post on Tuesday 3rd June, headline Fylde parishes pay poppy tribute to the fallen”. This hyperlink should take you to there….Poppy seed planting Gazette



Ribchester St Wilfrid's

A new war memorial has been commissioned for a public site in Ribchester, the community having raised a huge amount of money. This initiative in the village is because the war memorials are at the moment in several different places, including the RC and CE churches and at Knowle Green. This memorial, which is secular in nature, is seen as a uniting place for the whole village community.


Marking the start of WW1

During March pupils from St Leonard's CE Aided School and Padiham Green CE Primary School went to our Blackburn Road Cemetery to sow poppy seeds around 14 War Graves, marking the Centenary of the 1st World War. Over the next few months  children will research the lives of  Padiham soldiers who lost their life as a result of WW1.  Their research will be used to create information boards which will be positioned on the Padiham Greenway and memorial crosses to be planted at the Cenotaph.  


 Parish of Torrisholme and Westgate held  poppy scatters in the grounds of their two churches on Mothering Sunday at their 9.30 and 11am Sung Masses as part of the Morecambe Poppy Scatter. Representatives from the British Legion and Royal Marines Association were present and helped lead the Act of Remembrance.



Hoghton Holy Trinity

On August 4th it is planned to hold a service at the War Memorial in the evening (timing tba).  The vigil service in church later that evening might be ecumenical; our plan is to have seventeen candles instead, one for each name on the roll of honour. These candles will also be lit at the start of the service and extinguished during it in chronological order of the date they died; the candles will be lit individually again on the nearest Sunday to of the date of their deaths over the next four years and a brief history given during that service. All candles will finally be lit in 2018 on Remembrance Sunday with the County Service candle to signify that Christ is the Light of the world.

We plan to have displays over the next four years in the church hall subject to what information and memorabilia we can gather. We will focus as much as possible on those named on the roll of honour but will not exclude any other ideas which the parish might want to include.

On Remembrance Sunday we will hold a short service at the War Memorial situated opposite to the entrance to Hoghton Tower; this takes place at 10.00am and involves members of the congregation walking down from the church.  It is led by the Ministry Team from Holy Trinity and the priest from St Joseph’s RC Church; their scout troop join us in the walk down but go to their own church after the service.  Wreaths are laid by the Parish Council, on behalf of the local MP, the Police and both scout troops.  At our main service just before the two minutes silence, the roll of honour from both wars is read out.  


The Bamber Bridge/Walton le Dale churches and parishes are having a night-time walk around each of the indoor & outdoor War Memorials, with a short commemoration at each, culminating with a candle-lit vigil at one in Lostoock Hall on the eleventh hour.  


Arkholme Parish Church

VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR with Avril Newey and Christine Burn took place on Sunday 6 April.  There was poetry by Wilfred Owen, Philip Larkin, Laurence Binyon, Rupert Brooke, Carol Ann Duffy and Avril Newey, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, as well as extracts from prose writings and diaries.   Medwyn Parry and Norman Thorpe were special guests, and some took the opportunity to bring their own poems and readings on the theme and other reminiscences and memorabilia.  A fascinating and moving afternoon.


The congregation and villagers of Trawden St Mary invited the Badapple Theatre Company to present 'The Thankful Village', a play about those villages which did not lose anyone in the Great War.  The play moved and entertained in equal part, and certainly gave much food for thought. gives pictures and more details.

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