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Remembrance Day - Sunday 14th November 2021

A very moving day for all who attended the Remembrance Service at our Hall. The Scouts, Beavers, Guides, Brownies and their leaders marched in honour from The Victory pub to the hall for the first Remembrance service since lockdown. Parents, grandparents and the Community lined the streets. 

The flags and Poppy tributes were laid at the memorial wall. The fallen from our community were remembered as The Organiser read their names to us one by one. 

The last Post was beautifully played on a Cornet by Jared Chin-a-loy. It added to the occasion’s atmosphere. Thank you for joining us. 

The service held by Reverend Redbond was very fitting and most enjoyable, who knew the secrets of a Jelly Baby? How many of you are ordering a bag now to lick the sugar and reveal the secret Remembrance Day messages?

It was lovely to hear singing again. The children sang old wartime songs such as Run Rabbit Run, Long Way to Tipperary and Quarter-master’s Store. Accompanied so beautifully by Wendy Harris on her Keyboard. Though we missed an opportunity for her to play on our beautiful old piano during the service.  Wendy was very kind and tickled the ivories for us whilst we packed away. Bravo Wendy.

Thank you to John Blundell who was co-ordinator and ensured everything went ahead so smoothly. 

Thank you to all who came; Veterans, Friends, Family and Community. To the fallen, we salute you! 

Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 11:00

The organiser came into the hall today for Armistice Day to pay tribute to the fallen. Accompanied by the Trustees we listened to the Last Post and the organisers tribute to them. It was very moving. 

Remembrance 2021

Sunday 14th November

A Parade will commence from the Victory at 10:15am marching to our Hall.  The Memorial Service will be held at the Hall starting at 10:45am - 11:15am with refreshments after provided by the Hall's Trustees.  

Drawn by Julie White 2020
Drawn by Julie White 2020

Remembrance Day - 11th November 11am

It was a beautiful day at the hall. The organiser played the last post and recited his Remembrance and thanks to the fallen.  In the evening one by one in their family bubbles, one in, one out, The Scouts and Beavers came to offer their Poppies and respect. It was very moving. Thank you 1st Ashingdon Scouts for a beautiful Memorial Day in these difficult times. 
Display of 2nd Hawkwell Beaver’s Poppies from Remembrance Day
Display of 2nd Hawkwell Beaver’s Poppies from Remembrance Day
Drawn by Julie White 2020
Drawn by Julie White 2020

Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday a small group of the committee opened the hall. Attending was the organiser who played the Last Post and we held two minutes silence together.  The Organiser was grateful to be able to pay his respects. 

1st. Ashingdon Scouts lined the pavement outside the hall in respect for the fallen. It was a touching sight to see. 

1st Ashingdon Scout Leaders
1st Ashingdon Scout Leaders
A new memorial for Privates Thrumble, McClure and Foster provided by the new committee.
A new memorial for Privates Thrumble, McClure and Foster provided by the new committee.

One Thousand Men are Walking

One Thousand men are walking
Walking side by side
Singing songs from home
The spirit as their guide
they walk towards the sun
they smoke and laugh and smile together
no foes to outrun
these men live on forever
in the hearts of those they saved
a nation truly grateful
for the path of peace they paved
they march as friends and comrades
but they do not march for war
step closer to salvation
a tranquil steady corps
the meadow lit with golden beams
a beacon for the brave
the emerald grass untrampled
a reward for what they gave
they dream of those they left behind
and know they dream of them
forever in those poppy fields
there walks one thousand men

Joshua Dyer 2019 (aged 14)
Helen T England