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Remembrance in Crowland, Gedney, Holbeach, Sutton St James and West Pinchbeck




A tribute to the fallen horses and soldiers was held at Four Winds Equitation Centre in West Pinchbeck on Sunday.

A minute's silence was held and all the horses wore poppies on their bridles which were made by instructor Alicia Horton. She also later plaited her pony, Guinness, up in handmade poppies.

Tribute to fallen horses at Four Winds Equitation Centre, in West Pinchbeck (5378282)
Tribute to fallen horses at Four Winds Equitation Centre, in West Pinchbeck (5378282)

* Meanwhile, children from Gedney Church End Primary School helped decorate the village's St Mary Magdalene Church in readiness for Remembrance Sunday.

Ladies from Church had spent many hours knitting hundreds of poppies, and four banners were created to hang from the screen, with the remaining poppies pinned to an altar frontal by the children.

The school also decorated a display board and made ‘stained glass’ poppies to go on the windows around the war memorial. All the displays will remain in Church until at least Sunday.

Children from Gedney Primary School who helped decorate the church in readiness for Remembrance Sunday. (5378315)
Children from Gedney Primary School who helped decorate the church in readiness for Remembrance Sunday. (5378315)

* Children were also heavily involved in the Remembrance Service held at Crowland on Sunday morning, with Scouts,Guides and children from Southview Community Primary School taking part.

* Gedney and Sutton St James bell ringers rang on Sunday to honour the memory of those who died in World War 1, including 1,400 bell ringers. With the

assistance of visitors Christine Payne (Spalding) and Michael Slater (Holbeach), they were able to ring all six bells at Sutton St James and Gedney at 7.05pm simultaneously to coincide with country-wide armistice celebrations.

Gedney and Sutton St James bell ringers (5378319)
Gedney and Sutton St James bell ringers (5378319)

* The poignant cemetery trail at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels on Saturday was a fitting tribute to the local men who fought and died for their country and are commemorated in the cemetery.About 50 people attended the trail and also had the opportunity to view the informative exhibition about the World War 1 veterans in the South Chapel.

Remembrance event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels (5378289)
Remembrance event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels (5378289)

The research team, in particular Linden Secker and Mike Brett, had spent many painstaking hours finding all the graves and the details about each soldier. At each grave a cross was laid and a short tribute was spoken by Ken Smith. Perhaps the most moving examples are where the gravestone is a reminder of a life given in the service to his country, but the soldier's body has never been found and identified.

emembrance event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels (5378313)
emembrance event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels (5378313)

A Trustee for the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels said: "It is at events such as this one where we really understand the importance to the local community of this heritage site. We remain determined in our vision of achieving the funding to refurbish and re-use the Victorian chapels that stand in the centre of the cemetery."


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