A very special Remembrance Service

On Sunday 13th November, the UVI Form led the annual school Remembrance Service. The Chapel looked stunning, with both the altar covered in tea lights and the aisles decorated with candles in jam jars which were surrounded by poppy petals. With the lights dimmed and the candles lit, the atmosphere was perfect and suitably reflected the poignancy of the occasion.

The service opened with a declamation of Wilfred Owen’s powerful Dulce et Decorum Est. A selection of readings followed, as well as some notably good musical performances by Jess, Sassie, Joyce (performing their own arrangement of Gabriel’s Oboe) and Rosie (singing the traditional war song Danny Boy).

After the various readings and music, all read beautifully by members of the UVI Form, we were lucky enough to be joined by four fathers of girls in the UVI Form with a military background, to read the exhortation and lay wreaths on behalf of the Army, Navy and Air Force. We were so honoured that Major General J Patterson, Lt Cdr D Spinks RN, Flight Lieutenant P Mayo and Brigadier W Aldridge CBE were able to join us for the event. It was so special to have representatives of each area of the armed forces, all with a direct personal link to the UVI. We’d like to thank them very much for giving up their time to be with us; the evening would not have been the same without them.

The service ended with the hymn Be still, my soul, a school favourite.  After a blessing by Father Jonathan we were played out by Joyce playing Schindler's List.

We are so glad that the service was (we think) a success. The UVI Form rose to the occasion and with the joint effort and hard work put into it, the whole organisation of the service was (relatively) stress free!

There are so many people without whom the evening would not have been the same. Thanks from the UVI Form goes to the Catering Team for the drinks they kindly provided afterwards; the School Office for printing the programmes; the girls in the LVI who helped with ushering; Miss Aherne, Dr Wickson; Mrs Deane and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team for all their guidance and support. Of course, special mention has to go to Father Jonathan whose advice and help were invaluable and we are immensely grateful to him for everything that he helped with.

Thank you also to everyone who donated to the retiring collection, all proceeds are going to the Armed Forces Fund, a worthy cause supported by St Mary’s Calne, which helps fund the education of sons and daughters of Forces Personnel killed or wounded while serving their country.

Emily, Head of Chapel