Remembrance 2015
BLACKHAM CHURCH LYCH-GATE WAR MEMORIAL ‘We will remember them’ A large group of villagers came together on Sunday 8 November at the church lych-gate to mark Remembrance Sunday 2015. Licensed Reader, Elizabeth Parish, who is holding the fort until a new vicar is appointed, conducted a short service and the flag was carried by British Legion Standard Bearer Richard Fry. Just before the two-minutes’ silence, villagers Sheila Wellstead , 13-year-old George Bowers and 14- yearold Miles Brown read out the names of the 16 men from the village who went to war and did not return. The service ended with wreaths being laid at the Lych-gate by Cllr Robin Ashby of Withyham Parish Council, Cllr William Rutherford of Wealden District Council and Blackham villager and WW2 veteran Ken Washer. Afterwards everyone was welcomed to the Blackham Village Hall for refreshments and to see an ever growing display of village history. The display included details of each of the 16 Blackham villagers whose names had been read out. There was also information on what village life was like during the war, and how the village celebrated when the war was over. Donations given by visitors to the hall will be sent to the 2015 Poppy Appeal. Photographs by Sheila Wellstead
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