David Milnes writes …
“12th November 2017, a sunny yet bitterly cold morning. veterans all over polished their shoes, dusted off their medals, pressed their poppies and donned their berets ready to attend Remembrance services worldwide. Edenthorpe was no different, the second Remembrance service to be held at The Memorial. A dozen veterans from the community were invited to attend Sainsburys Edenthorpe for a special veteran’s breakfast, provided by Manager Phil, Gaynor and Sainsburys catering team. 10.40am came and lone piper – Maurice Hunt warmed the reeds and played some sombre melodies. Edenthorpe’s 47th Scout Group, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Exporer Scouts marched up from The Church Of The Good Shepherd, lead by Re. Stev Beck and flag bearers. The community came together and gathered in their hundreds to mpay their respects to the six men – Lickley, Moody, Gore, Chappell, Everett, Sillence and also to all who have paid the ultimate price.
The service started with a role call of the six heroes named on the memorial. Prayers were spoken, Hayden 88years old sounded the last post, flags were lowered to half mast and silence fell for two minutes. The community reflected and some shed a tear. Reveille broke the silence and the Rt. Hon. Dame Rosie Winterton MP quoted the Kohima Epitaph, “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.” Prayers followed read by members of the community, family of the fallen and veterans. Wreaths were laid, over twenty placed at the base of the memorial from all three armed forces, associations, volunteer services, local authorities and personal tributes from the community to those they wished to remember. Rev. Beck reflected the community committed and all were blessed.
A beautiful service all round. The community paid their respects and moved off in many directions. Many attended Waggies (Park Social Club) for a welcome hot drink, a biscuit and conversation. Some ventured onto something a little stronger. Rosie delivered a speech thanking various locals such as Sainsburys, Tesco, Waggies, 47th Edenthorpe Scout Group, Clair Scherer for the orders of service and Friends of Edenthorpe War Memorial Group for a special service.
Next year is the 100th anniversary of World War One and Armistice Day falls on Sunday. We hope to see everyone again next year.”
The ceremony on 12.11.17 was led by Reverend S. Beck and was extremely well attended by local residents. The 47th Edenthorpe Scout Group paraded from Canon Popham Church, down Church Balk towards The War Memorial. A bugle played, marking the beginning and end of the ‘Silence’ and a lone piper played as the first wreaths of poppies were laid.
The service was followed by refreshments at Park Social Club (Waggies) and the tea, coffee and biscuits were kindly donated by Tesco Edenthorpe. Thanks also go to Sainsburys Edenthorpe who put on a full English breakfast for veterans. This was enjoyed by many.
Huge thanks from Edenthorpe Parish Council to the members of ‘Friends of Edenthorpe War Memorial Group,’ who organised the event for all to pay their respects.
Edenthorpe Parish Council would like to extend their thanks to the Friends of Edenthorpe War Memorial Group for their donation of £150 to 47th Edenthorpe Scout Group. This money was used towards the cost of the defibrillator box which is housed on the Howard Pavilion, off Marian Rd, Edenthorpe.
Work began this week on the area around Edenthorpe War Memorial.
The paved area is currently being extended with grey natural stone slabs. These compliment the War Memorial beautifully and will enable everyone access safely in order to show their respects and have a quiet moment of reflection.
Grant to a Community Group.
Edenthorpe Parish Council have worked together with Friends of Edenthorpe Memorial Group and DMBC. We would now like to acknowledge that Section 106 funding from DMBC has been secured as a Grant to a Community Group and will be used in order to supply and install a 9m X 9m base in granite around the exisiting War Memorial. Work will commence shortly, once the weather improves.
The remembrance day service on Sunday 13th November 2016 began with a parade marching from Church of the Good Shepherd headed by Rev Steven Beck . The parade was made up of over 70 members of the 47th Edenthorpe Scout Group – Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts led by Mr Colin Tidmarsh, alongside 4 standard bearers and members of the church.
The service began at 10.50am with Reverend Steven Beck greeting all those attending. Mr David Milnes read the Roll Call of the fallen and prayers were said.
Wreaths were laid by Dame Rosie Winterton (President of the War Memorial Group), Mr Fred Gee (Chairman of Edenthorpe Parish Council) and by the families of the fallen. Over 20 wreaths were laid and many more single poppies were laid in remembrance.
The service was followed by refreshments at Waggies (Park Social Club). Tesco Edenthorpe very kindly provided the refreshments and Sainsburys Edenthorpe donated 2 new flags for the memorial.
Edenthorpe War Memorial Committee will now be known as Friends of Edenthorpe War Memorial and have passed ownership over to the Parish Council. They will continue to organise the Remembrance day services for the village of Edenthorpe.
Here is our designer -Edenthorpe Hall Primary School pupil Miss R Liddle. The competition was advertised in the local press, giving local pupils the chance to design a suitable monument for Edenthorpe.
He she is pictured with Mr H Scrivens (Chair of The War Memorial Fund), A Flanagan, Dame Rosie Winterton and staff member from Sainsburys who provided the prize for winning design.