On Sunday 13th November, St Mary's Calne UVI Form organised the annual Remembrance Service in the Chapel. As we approached the Chapel, we were greeted by the UVI, holding candles in the darkness, then, as the service started, the UVI Form choir walked down the aisle, singing ‘Danny Boy’.
This was followed by Churchill’s speech, and some poems, read by the Sixth Form, after which their candle was blown out. Poems included ‘Don’t stand at my grave and weep’, ‘Flanders’ Fields’ and ‘Football on Christmas Day’. Letters from soldiers to their families were also read out.
In the intervals between poems, there was beautiful singing, with songs such as ‘Fields of Gold’, and ‘We’ll meet again’. Finally, we held the two minute silence, and Brigadier (retired) John Deverell CBE, and Mr Ian Walling MBE, laid the wreaths at the foot of the poppy-themed decorations.
It was an excellent service, and very moving, especially as the big screen showed photos and films of both the wars, and Afghanistan, throughout the service. We hope these special services will continue, as they are informative, memorable, and moving.
By Phoebe and Eliza MIV