There were several occasions that were being marked by the village over the weekend of 10/11 November; 70 years of the NHS, 100 years of women getting the vote and, of course, the end of WW1. On the Saturday the organiser of the event, Alison Bull, had invited Maureen Armstrong, who with her sister was able to publish her mother’s book ‘Bombweed’ about wartime evacuation on a Wiltshire farm. An interested audience discovered her grandfather had been an Army surgeon in Mesopotamia during 1916 in WW1; this coincidentally was also where Rosie Lock’s grandfather had been, as well as where several of the All Cannings fallen had fought and died there. There was also a wonderful collection of memorabilia from residents as well as the history of all those who are commemorated on the war memorial by the church, the information being researched by several people. During the day refreshments were served and people came and went supporting the different happenings.
In the afternoon singing was led by Emmy Butcher from Goldies and singers from Calne Choral covering suffragette songs, and songs from both world wars which everyone enjoyed joining in. More tea and cakes were partaken, and then in the evening there was a wonderfully moving film entitled Memories, by Angela Vaughan of Cock-a-doodle productions, of interviews with several retired service residents talking about their experiences whilst in the services.
On Sunday there was a very poignant service with two minutes silence by the war memorial after a wreath and crosses had been placed at the foot.
In the evening a beacon was lit on Clifford’s Hill, after a moving dedication by Andy Butcher followed by a two minute silence; it was enjoyed by about 50 from the village and around. At the same time the echo of the bells from All Saints' rang out, joining in with all those bells being rung all over the country.
(pictures courtesy of Belinda Mead and Amy Gray)