Communities will remember together in Mangotsfield and Emersons Green

October 29 2018
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SCHOOL children, churches and choirs are among those working together to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in Mangotsfield and the surrounding area.

Key events on November 11 include services at St James church and the village war memorial, and the lighting of a commemorative beacon on Pomphrey Hill during the evening.

The events to remember those who died in the conflict have involved hundreds of contributions. Pupils at Mangotsfield C of E,  Barley Close, Lyde Green, Stanbridge and Blackhorse primary schools, as well as Mangotsfield School, have been making clay poppies for a display which will be unveiled at St James Church at 10am on November 10.

The church will be open until 4pm that day for the event, which is also being supported by Mangotsfield Residents Association. There will be refreshments and craft activities for younger visitors.

On Remembrance Day itself there will be a service in the church at 10.30am and at the war memorial at 12.30pm.

A service is also being held at Lyde Green Community Centre by the Inspire Lyde Green Christian Community. The event starts at 9am with a light breakfast, the making of a remembrance wreath and sharing of memorabilia and stories from the First World War.

From 10.30am, there will be a gathering in the foyer of the community centre before an act of remembrance, two minute silence and prayers are held in the car park outside.

On the evening of November 11, Mangotsfield will be one of the 1,000 communities lighting a beacon in a collective national act of remembrance known as Battle’s Over.

The event, organised by Emersons Green Town Council and the Royal British Legion, will be held in front of the pavilion at Pomphrey Hill Sports Ground at 6.30pm.

At 6.45 pm the names of the fallen on the Mangotsfield war memorial will be read, followed by the sounding of the Last Post. After the beacon is lit, church bells in the area will be rung in celebration of peace.

The Bristol Military Wives Choir will also perform at the event, and during the evening the bar at the pavilion will be open for refreshments.

Anyone with memorabilia they would like to see displayed in St James Church should contact Sally Sibley on 0773 325 6372 or email sallys@bristoldiocese.org.

More information about the beacon lighting is available from Richard Hull on 0117 302 6989 or by emailing clerk@emersonsgreen-tc.gov.uk.

In Pucklechurch, St Thomas a Becket church will have a display of memorabilia and a cascade of knitted poppies on display on November 10 from 2-4pm. The Remembrance Service will take place on November 11 from 10.45am and the church will remain open until 4pm so visitors can view the wreaths and the poppy cascade, as well as a display of WWI memorabilia.

Anyone with items they would like to add to the exhibition should contact Jackie Yates on 0117 937 3118.