Yesterday we took part in the WW1 Remembered Exhibition at St. Andrews Church. This was held to celebrate the restoration of Porthill’s War Memorial which is outside the Church.
There were exhibits of WW1 era artefacts by Geoff Mayer (who has written extensively on the Wolstanton War Memorial), the centenary of the RAF, the centenary of Suffragette movement gaining the vote for women, displays from Newcastle Museum and Lichfield Cathedral, the ‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes, WW1 era poems were read and the Act It Out CIC company performed ‘Letters of War’ play. There were also individual displays on various people’s relatives who were killed in the war and a display of photos documenting the restoration of the War Memorial.
The highlight of the exhibition was a cascade of poppies above the high altar. These poppies had been made by many local people including our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Our Drums played at the beginning of the day and the bugles played ‘Sunset’ in front of the poppies.
We had our own display of our Scouts who were killed in the Great War and we spoke to a number of people whose relatives were commemorated on the Memorial and showed them the Book of Remembrance. We were especially pleased to meet the family of one of our Scouts on the Memorial, Clarence Cork.
A lot of people from the Church put a lot of effort into the exhibition and huge thanks must go to them for their efforts.
The exhibition will be on again on 10th November 2018 from 10 – 4, when the Memorial will be rededicated by the Bishop of Stafford.