Commemorating the Ending of the First World War

We hope you managed to visit the exhibitions staged in church during Open Churches Week in August, and the Heritage Open Days in September. Joyce Burtenshaw kindly displayed information she had collected about the local men who had fought and died in the conflict and are remembered on the memorial inside the church. We were very fortunate in being able to borrow from the Norfolk Heritage Centre, based at The Forum in Norwich, an exhibition about The Battle of The Somme, starting from Lord Kitchener’s enlistment appeal, through training and equipping the men, to the battle and its aftermath. The Centre also offered a series of photographs and a “handling box” which included a uniform which could be tried on, a cap, a helmet, an entrenching tool, wire cutters and other memorabilia – all very evocative. On Saturday 15th September members of the church community, The Friends of All Saints, and others with a personal interest in the conflict, came together to offer personal family reminiscences and to read poems written during the war and later.

Further commemorations will take place in November, when the actual centenary of the Armistice will be honoured on Sunday, 11th November. Various services and events will be held both at All Saints Church, and at Heathlands Community Centre in Blofield Heath. Details will be publicised shortly.

The First World War memorial in the church will be rededicated in November, as the mis-spelling of one of the combatants’ names has now been rectified. The surname of James Browne had the final “e” missing until funds were recently raised for this to be amended – a small but vital operation to show our respects to this brave man.