Remembrance Sunday 2018

11th November 2018
Whitley Chapel School helped to take part in a special service in the Parish Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, Armistice Day. The reason why the service was held in the Hall was because it was built as a memorial to all the men of Hexhamshire who were killed between 1914 - 18 in France and Belgium. Hexhamshire wanted to build something good and positive where life could be celebrated, rather than remember them by a statue. Their names are on a plaque at the back of the Hall so that whenever the Hall is used we can remember how they gave their lives for their country. Class 2 learned about World War One by reading some of the letters sent by soldiers in the Northumberland Fusiliers, who wrote home from the trenches. We wrote our own letters and poems, and made some beautiful art work to depict scenes from the trenches and the poppy fields after the war. We also made a poppy cascade to drape under the plaque. Class 1 made poppy wreaths, and children from the parent and Toddler group made large poppy pictures. The ladies from the WI and the church knitted poppies to decorate the entrance of the Hall and the church. We all worked together to mark the anniversary, and to share the service together. It was very moving to hear the children read out a poem by Siegried Sassoon in the service, and to read out the names of the fallen. We have learned that it is important to remember the war so that we realise how fortunate we are to live in peace now, and hopefully stop it from happening again.