‘Tremendous’ response to Welwyn Remembrance displays

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 November 2018

L-R: Jane Carr, Bryan Parkes, Anne Parkes, The Revd Dominic Holroyd-Thomas, Andy Trotter, Cllr Bill Morris, Paul Jiggens at St Mary's Church in Welwyn. 
Picture: Supplied

L-R: Jane Carr, Bryan Parkes, Anne Parkes, The Revd Dominic Holroyd-Thomas, Andy Trotter, Cllr Bill Morris, Paul Jiggens at St Mary's Church in Welwyn. Picture: Supplied

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A Welwyn church has had a “tremendous response” to its Festival of Remembrance, which includes a poppy projection on its tower.

St Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance.
Pictures: SuppliedSt Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance. Pictures: Supplied

Each November, Welwyn St Mary’s Church remembers all those killed in conflict.

This year as we reach the World War One Armistice Centenary, the church is focussing on the 46 people on Welwyn’s 1914-18 Roll of Honour.

Its Festival of Remembrance 2018 is a collaborative effort between the church, Scouts, Welwyn History Society and the parish council.

Tributes are paid to the 46 with named crosses on the church path with more detail about them inside the church.

St Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance.
Pictures: SuppliedSt Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance. Pictures: Supplied

Local sculpture Bryan Parkes has also used oil paint to create a striking picture on the church’s glass doors.

Church member Jane Carr told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We’re having the most tremendous feedback.

“One of the things that is quite nice is that we have tracked down the descendants of the fallen.

“We have done more this year because it’s the centenary and we felt we needed to mark that appropriately.”

St Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance.
Pictures: SuppliedSt Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance. Pictures: Supplied

Rev’d Dominic Holroyd-Thomas, who has led the project, said: “Perhaps most powerful is what can be seen from outside the church. “Once dark, the church is also lit up red and a poppy is projected onto the church tower.”

He added: “This has been a real community effort and one which the village can, and should, be proud of.

“It is the hope of this festival that as we pay respect to the dead, we might be advocates of peace and understanding in an ever-troubled world; a living commemoration.”

The church has been holding various events as part of the festival.

St Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance.
Pictures: SuppliedSt Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance. Pictures: Supplied

On November 5, there was an illustrated talk by Debbie Coupland entitled ‘The Mayes Family’s War’.

A film, County at War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire, will be shown today - Wednesday, November 7, at 7.45pm.

Paul Jiggens will be giving an illustrated talk, Welwyn Men and WW1, at 2.30pm tomorrow, Thursday, November 8.

At the weekend, remembrance continues.

St Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance.
Pictures: SuppliedSt Mary's Church in Welwyn is holding a Festival of Remembrance. Pictures: Supplied

You can drop into the church from 10am until noon on Saturday, November 10 to learn more about Welwyn’s Roll of Honour.

On Sunday, November 11, the Remembrance parade will march from Ottway Walk through the village at 10.30am.

At 11am, there will be an act of remembrance at the war memorial with the 46 crosses being blessed.

At 6.30pm that day, there will be Evensong ‘From Fear and Anxiety to Hope and Peace’, which will include hymns sung at the Armistice Service in St Mary’s on November 13 1918, together with secular readings and poetry.

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