The ecumenical Remembrance Sunday service at Morwenstow Parish Church was held on Sunday morning, 13th November. Worshippers included a congregation of eighty Anglicans, Methodists and many other local people and visitors.
With the bells ringing, a small parade consisting of a colour party bearing the Royal British Legion standard, children and staff from St. Mark’s School, members of Morwenstow WI, and members of Morwenstow Parish Council assembled in the lower car park and, accompanied by several parishioners, were led by Sister Alison Hardy and the Rev Richard Ward-Smith, through the churchyard to join the rest of the congregation inside the church. En route they paused to pray at the War Graves and for the laying of a wreath of poppies to honour the young servicemen buried there, who lost their lives in WW2 and subsequent years.
The service commenced in the Church at 9.30am and the reading of the lessons were undertaken by Jonathan Hobbs, Chairman of Morwenstow Parish Council and Richard Painter, Worship Leader.
The Act of Remembrance was performed by Arthur Bryant, who placed a wreath of poppies at the War Memorial which is on the north wall of the Church. To mark the two minutes’ silence, a recording of the Last Post was played and a salute was delivered by the colour party.
‘The Supreme Sacrifice’ and ‘The National Anthem’ were sung with organist for the service being Colin Tape. The collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal was taken by Keith Shepherd, Shorne Tilbey and Kingsley Bryant.