Pembury village council deserve praise for the effort being put into the civic Remembrance celebrations this year to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. All over the village poppies have been appearing which make a real visual impact as you walk or drive along the village streets. They help to set the tone for Sunday’s special event when the uniformed organisations, local churches and members of the village will congregate together for an act of remembrance.
Those who attend Mass at St. Anselm’s are forewarned that the act of remembrance means roads around the village green will be closed from 10am until just before noon. If you need to get away you are advised to park well away from the green and avoid Lower Green Road altogether. This impacts on those leaving 9:15am Mass and those arriving for worship at 11am. Please note that, because I need to represent St. Anselm at the civic event, we are only offering Mass at 8am and 9:15am this week. The 11am will be a service of holy communion from the reserved sacrament led by our deacon, Robert Smith.
Not that I am advising parishioners to get away before or after Mass. For everyone is encouraged to stay on after the 9:15am Mass and join the special act of remembrance in the village. The BBC are sending a filming crew to record the event. Kent College are sending a choir to sing before the act of remembrance and afterwards a Tiger Moth plane is booked to do a poppy drop over the village. It should be memorable and poignant.
Things start at 10:30am – dovetailing well with the end of 9:15am Mass- leading up to the main act of remembrance at 11am. A wreath will be laid by myself on behalf of our parish and we will pray for those who have died in time of war at all of our Sunday services. This year will be special for us in St. Anselm’s as our newly acquired stained glass window, produced by the Pugin workshops, was produced in memory of Edward French who died aboard HMS Good Hope which was sunk by the German fleet off the coast of the Falkland Isles at the onset of the first world war. You can read more about it here