A note from the editor : Lest We Forget

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Remembrance Sunday felt a bit forgotten this year. Since we didn’t really make a lot of mention of events, please take a look at pictures from the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph outside Halifax Minster.

The day had been appropriately calm, even as it was overcast and misty. It was a day for reflection and offering gratitude to those who had forsaken their futures so that we may have ours.

The Ukrainian flag was also present in this ceremony, a fitting reminder of the ugly reality of war still taking place right now, not so far from us, in a country not that different from ours.

Wars are never the answer and there are never winners in wars.

Let us hope we will learn one day.

Let us hope that Remembrance Sunday will be a day of offering solemn thanks and nothing more.

Interesting footnote: This is the first time after 70 years that the national Anthem sang “God save the King”.


Halifax Remembrance Sunday November 14 events

Remembrance Sunday events are commencing again this year. There will be full parade through Halifax, followed by a memorial service at the Cenotaph near Halifax Minster.

The parade starts at Halifax Town Hall from 10am on Sunday 14 November. The parade will march via Princess Street, Southgate, Horton Street, Square Road and King Street, before assembling at the Cenotaph near Halifax Minster at around 10.40am.

The Cenotaph service will start at 10.45am, including a two-minute silence at 11am. A further service of Remembrance will then take place inside the Minster.

Full Details at the Calderdale Council Website:
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St John’s Church in Bradshaw will be running their own Remembrance Service on Sunday the 14th at 9.40am


Remembrance Week in Calderdale

On Sunday 11 November, people across the country will commemorate Remembrance Sunday, and events are taking place across Calderdale to mark this important occasion.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as such, events as part of Remembrance Week this year will have particular significance.

The main focus for commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade from Halifax Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Duffy’s Park at Halifax Minster. The parade will leave the Town Hall at 10:20am and the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying will be held at the Cenotaph at 10:45am prior to the service inside Halifax Minster at approximately 11:30am.

As part of special commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Calderdale Council is also taking part in the nationwide event, ‘Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light’.

The Last Post will be played outside Halifax Minster at 6:55pm followed by the lighting of the beacon at Beacon Hill at 7:00pm as part of a chain of over 1000 beacons around the country, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Crier will give the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at 7:05 pm and the Minster bells will then ‘ring for peace’.

In addition, there will be a poppy exhibition in Halifax Town Hall throughout Remembrance Week.
The poppy exhibits have been made by individuals, schools and community groups  from across Calderdale and will be on display at Halifax Town Hall from 9:30am-4:30pm from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Monday 12 November.

There will be Great War Poetry Readings at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday 7 November, 7:00pm and a performance by the Hanover Girls’ Choir at the Minster on Saturday 10 November, 7:00pm.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said:

“I’m proud to be representing Calderdale during Remembrance 2018. This year events will be particularly poignant as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
I know local people will be keen to take part in services to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. The lighting of the beacon, alongside more than 1000 others across the UK, will be a moving tribute, as will the Town Hall’s poppy exhibition, which will feature hundreds of poppies made by people in Calderdale.”

To find out more about Remembrance Week and the Poppy Appeal, visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Commemorate Remembrance Day at Lee Mount Baptist Church

poppy fieldJoin in at Lee Mount Baptist Church to commemorate Remembrance Day including a poem by Poet laureate of Calderdale, Joel Duncan who has written a new poem for the occasion.

Sunday 8 of November – Starting at 10.30am
At Lee Mount Baptist Church, Melbourne St, HX3 5DF

The Service will include the 2 minutes silence and wreath laying by a Royal British Legion Representative.

Remembrance weekend community event

Come along to Highgate Methodist Church, Pellon on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Monday 10 November 2014 for a community event to remember those brave souls who have lost there lives in past conflicts.

Join us each day from 10am to 12noon for coffee and reflection as well as a small local exhibition of memoribilia of recent conflicts on show.

There will be a special remembrance sunday worship conducted by Mrs Kathleen Melling on Sunday 9 November at 10.30am