From the Priest-in-Charge…
A once-in-a-century Remembrance Day – 11-11-11-11 At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011, the nation will pause to remember those who have given their lives in fighting for this country. This year is doubly special: 2011 is The Royal British Legion’s 90th anniversary, and also this is a once-in-a-century Remembrance Day. At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011 -11-11-11-11 – we will be remembering those who were willing to lay down their lives for their country.
The British Legion is inviting people to be a special part of this unique occasion, by leaving a message to go on a poppy to be planted at, what is now, Royal Wootton Bassett. That is the town where thousands of people have paid their respects during repatriations in recent years as we often seen on our TV screens. The British Legion explains: “Many people associate Remembrance Day with heroes of D-Day or the Battle of Britain’s Spitfire pilots. Some people think of the deeds of the SAS during the Falklands conflict or, of course, Flanders Fields from World War I, carpeted in poppies growing where so many men lost their lives. But in the last few years it’s also been about the nation showing its support for the soldiers returning injured and traumatised from current conflicts.” So if you would like to put your name to a poppy, please visit: https://donations.britishlegion.org.uk/RBLDonation/
Here in Sutton Courtenay we will be offering our own Act of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, 13th November at 11am at the War Memorial, followed by a Remembrance Service for All Ages in which the young people from the Cubs and Scouts will be participating and the Village School Choir will be singing and planting poppies in memory of those from our community who have died in war.
With love and prayers,
HARVEST FESTIVAL THANKS…
to all those who donated food and money to the Steppin’ Stone Centre for their work with homeless people in Oxford. Not only was I able to deliver a car full of food gifts from both churches and Sutton Courtenay CofE Primary School (who also held their harvest celebrations in All Saints’ Church) but between All Saints’, Sutton Courtenay and St Peter & St Paul’s, Appleford £200 of cash donations for the centre were also raised. Thank you for your generous support.
And also a BIG thank you to The OddSox Band and all those who helped to make the Harvest Dance such a success – everyone from 4 year olds to 80+ year olds took to the floor – and we raised just over £300 for Church funds.
ALL SOULS’ SERVICE
A service of remembrance and thanksgiving
7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd November
All Saints’ Church
This service provides an opportunity to remember and to give thanks for the lives of those we love, who have died. Everyone is welcome to come.
During the service the names of those from our parishes who have died in the past two years will be read out and a candle lit in their memory.
If there is anyone else whom you particularly wish to remember, regardless of when they died, you can add their name to the list you will find at the back of the church, or you can telephone the Vicarage Office on 01235 848297.