Honouring Farlington’s Fallen
As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, Farlington will be playing its part by honouring the 51 servicemen named on the war memorial in St Andrew’s churchyard and on the plaque inside the church.
A number of groups have conducted research into these men who gave their lives in that conflict. The project has been led by Splodge Designs and has been funded by a National Lottery Grant. Groups involved in the research have included Year 5 pupils from Solent Junior School, volunteers from the University of the Third Age (U3A), local cubs, scouts, beavers and guides, and residents of the Alexandra Rose Care Home in Farlington.
The commemorations will begin at 11 am on Saturday 10th November with the unveiling of a new piece of art-work as a permanent memorial, sited immediately outside the Church of the Resurrection, Penryn Avenue, Drayton. Inside the church there will be an exhibition of the research, and a presentation of the busts, created by the Solent Junior School pupils, of their impressions of the men concerned.
There will be the launch of the Honouring Farlington’s Fallen booklet, a 32-page booklet outlining the researched details of the lives of the 51 men and something of who they were as well as how they served. Also being launched is a new Honouring Farlington's Fallen website, containing the information for an even wider range of people to access.
A new commemorative banner, to be housed in St Andrew’s church, will also be unveiled at the event on Saturday. Light refreshments will be provided for visitors to the event.
On Sunday 11th November, at 10:50 am, we will gather at the War Memorial in the churchyard at St Andrew’s to join with the nation in the laying of wreaths and observing the silence at 11 o’clock, followed by the Remembrance Day service, during which the new commemorative banner (mentioned above) will be formally dedicated and placed in its new home. A full congregation of regulars and visitors is anticipated and it is likely that there will be more people than will be seating available.