Churcher’s College commemorates the centenary anniversary of the Armistice 1918 – 2018
Churcher’s College Annual Remembrance Service was especially poignant this year as we commemorated the centenary of the anniversary of the Armistice. We honoured those that fell in WW1 with a newly constructed war memorial and 54 “Silent Soldiers” representing Old Churcherians who died in WW1. A giant artwork by Sixth Form art student, Pippa Tuffin, was also displayed as another reminder.
The Reverend Canon Will Hughes, Vicar of Petersfield and Rector of Buriton, joined VIP guests for a whole school assembly which included a short film featuring Old Churcherian Ken Webb, remembering with great clarity and emotion at 92 years of age, his time serving in WW2. View here: https://youtu.be/j5hByF6z3aA
Another highlight was the reading of a poem ‘A Holiday’ which appears in a new book entitled ‘Never Such Innocence’. The poem was composed by Churcher’s Sixth Form pupil, Maddie Macey who this week was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace for all those published in this book. The royal reception was one of a huge number events going on around the world at this time, close to the 11th of the 11th, 100 years since the end of the 1st World War.
The special assembly was followed by the dedication of our newly constructed war memorial which remembers Old Churcherians who have fallen. Our Senior CCF cadets led the way to the war memorial, followed by a banner party where they laid wreaths in a special service of dedication led by Reverend Canon Will Hughes. The Churcher’s College Wind Band played alongside. Images below – hi res copies available.
Simon Williams, Headmaster of Churcher’s College, said: “The history of the war memorial begins in 1919 when it was decided to honour the fallen through the purchase of a patch of land to be called Memorial Field and to build a War Memorial next to it with the names of those that had died inscribed upon it. Memorial Field was bought and it is where the 1st XV pitch is now. But after purchasing the land for playing fields there only enough money for a small plaque on a wall. Today we complete the work the Old Churcherians began almost a century ago.”
Sunday 11th November – Churcher’s Wind Band will be playing at the Remembrance Service in the Town Square in Petersfield where our CCF (including a platoon from TPS) will be parading along with Veterans, Air Cadets, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides, the Salvation Army band and T.S. Active MTC Marching Band (Training Ship Active, a Maritime Training Corps) along with other bodies. Other schools in the town are involved as well, Bedales provides the bucket collectors, Ditcham Park, TPS and Herne Junior School are joining the St Peter’s Choir to support the hymn singing and we provide the orders of service and the technical support both in the square and at the War Memorial. The names of the fallen are read by ATC cadets and cadets from our CCF.