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Monthly Letter NOVEMBER


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

Opening lines of In Flanders Fields by John McCroes

This year the end of World War One a hundred years ago is being commemorated. It has passed from living history into historical records. Very few parishes are without a memorial to the dead from that war. The loss of life made an everlasting impact on society and it was never the same again.

The poppy is a recognizable symbol of that loss of life. Chosen as a very visible sign of the churned up battle fields returning to life. The red flower reminds us of the blood shed by so many. Throughout the country groups have been creating displays of poppies in all sorts of ways. Wear your poppy with pride.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

Closing lines of In Flanders Fields

                                                                                  Lest we forget

Best wishes to you all


                  Margaret Henderson

                  Authorised Worship Assistant