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Remembrance Day Service

100 years ago in Towcester, on the 11th November the bells tolled and that’s when people finally realised that the war was over so, thanks to our fantastic bell ringers, this will be re-enacted at 4.00 pm. The morning ringing on Remembrance Sunday will be half muffled (a leather pad placed on one side of the clapper) – ringing out a traditional sign of sombre reflection, and the afternoon peal will be “Open Ringing” with the muffles removed. Do come along and listen.

Poppy Cascade An amazing community effort has transformed the garden by the bench outside the vicarage, which is used each year by the British Legion, for all of us as a place to remember the offering of life made by our armed forces. This significant year will be marked with a cascade of poppies flowing out around the cross there, with stunning back boards painted in local schools. The poppies have been lovingly and prayerfully knitted and made by a vast array of community groups and individuals. Come to the Opening on Saturday 28th October at 10.00 am.



A sculpture which was only meant to stay on a North seafront for three months is to be made a permanent fixture. The nine-foot sculpture of a World War One soldier, officially called Eleven “O” One, but nicknamed Tommy by fans, was only expected to be on temporary display in Seaham, County Durham. But after winning the hearts of hundreds of visitors to the town, it will now be exhibited permanently. Fundraisers and townspeople have managed to raise the £85,000 needed to buy the sculpture from South Hetton artist Ray Lonsdale, who created the artwork.

The sculpture was designed to capture the first moments after the armistice came into force. The steel statue, by local artist Ray Lonsdale, was so popular that people in Seaham began a campaign to buy it. The town council agreed to contribute the remainder of the £85,000 price tag. Fundraising group chairman David Stewart said Mr Lonsdale had given the town time to raise money despite already having two offers to buy it. "It was a big risk for him because we might not have done it," he said. "Local support has been tremendous, but we've also had people coming from outside of the area to look at him."

 


 

Poppy Cascade
An amazing community effort has transformed the garden by the bench outside the vicarage, which is used each year by the British Legion, for all of us as a place to remember the offering of life made by our armed forces. This significant year will be marked with a cascade of poppies flowing out around the cross there, with stunning back boards painted in local schools. The poppies have been lovingly and prayerfully knitted and made by a vast array of community groups and individuals. Come to the Opening on Saturday 28th October at 10.00 am.