Pupils and teachers of Kennet Valley School, Lockeridge joined with many members of the community young and old on Sunday November 11th for an outdoor Service of Rembrance and commemoration of 100 years from the end of the war in 1918. This included a tree planning ceremony as a dedication to create a living memory of trees for the World War One fallen from the surrounding villages. Three pupils were selected to read their poignant poems and prayers as part of the ceremony led by Rvd. Maria Shepherdson including representation from the Parish Council and ex- servicemen. The names on the war memorials from West Overton, Fyfield and East Kennet were read out.
The Friends of Kennet Valley provided a magnificent afternoon tea for all those attending afterwards and the schoolchildren sang WW1 songs to an appreciative audience! The children enjoyed meeting older soldiers and villagers who shared their war memories and were able to thank them for what they did during the war.
Mrs Russell Headteacher says she was …”delighted that so many children and their families attended and could remember the many lives lost by local families and give thanks together. The children have worked hard this term in their history , literacy and RE in learning about and reflecting on the wars and I was very proud of the level of writing they achieved to commemorate this. It is so important that our children and their children in years to come remember the sacrifices made in the wars and that this impacts positively on their attitudes and beliefs.”