Remembrance 2018 at St Mark’s

A timeline of the events that brought Remembrance 2018 together for St Mark’s in Pennington.

20th September

St Mark’s takes receipt of silhouettes from the  There But Not There 2018 Armistice project, in support for the charity Remembered, setting them up within church to see how they can work for St Mark’s. The knitted poppy plan is put in place, plans and templates made available for the community to get involved.

14th October

Despite the vicarage at risk of being overrun with knitted and crocheted poppies, our priest Rachel was eager to collect and create more and more?!!

October 18th

Fabulous to see the poppies from Friends of Pennington Infant school. We’re really looking forward to seeing them at our acts of Remembrance in November.

October 25th

This evening, Rachel (and a few helpers!) affixed the poppies – kindly made by hand by many in our community – to the hedge outside St Mark’s.

It was recently identified that there are soldiers from Pennington who lost their lives in the First World War, but whose names are not recorded on the war memorial. Although some are recorded in nearby Sway, there are still a number who have been missed.

With the help of the Lymington Royal British Legion, we’ve erected a temporary plaque in their honour – with plans underway to mark their names permanently on the memorial in the future.

October 28th

Goodness! – we’ve now nearly 1,700 poppies!! Rachel has been busy affixing to the right of the existing poppies…

4th November

Hand knitted Remembrance poppies keep coming in! Our prayer tree has been decorated with them, and a new cross festooned with them too. So many poppies – but with a focus on the prayer tree, there can never be enough for the souls we pray for.

Friday 9th November

Three local schools all gathered together, along with our Mayor, Anne Corbridge, County Councillor Michael White, the British Legion and other representatives from our Lymington & Pennington Town Council at St Mark’s Church, Pennington, to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. A tremendous service on Friday 9th November as more than 300 school children from Pennington Infants, Pennington Juniors and Our Lady came together for this important occasion.

The children sang a special song of Remembrance they had learned, and shared with us stories of the 5 men from Pennington that died in the First World War, but had been missed off our War Memorial. St Mark’s Church had recently found a small bible that had been given to a serviceman to have with him in the First World War. Inspired by this, everyone took home a replica of the tiny books that were given out.

Others from the local community joined us for our silence at the War Memorial, where we unveiled a temporary plaque to commemorate these new names. The community is working towards having these names permanently added. Afterwards the children planted recycled bottle poppies that they had made around the memorial, adding to the poignant display of poppies on the churchyard hedge.

Revd Rachel Noël said “It was an amazing occasion to bring together so many from across our community, as together we shared our profound gratitude to those who lost their lives in the wars, and that we are able to live here in peace. The children shared some great ideas of how we can continue to work for peace in our families, our schools and our neighbourhood. We are proud to be a part of the community of Pennington

Photographs of service courtesy Renouf Design (www.renoufdesign.co.uk)

Sunday 11th November

Despite heavy rain in the hours before the sun rose, under blue skies near 100 of our congregation and local villagers came together to pay respects to our honoured dead. May we never forget their sacrifice for our freedom.