Christchurch in Chorleywood have commemorated Remembrance with a spectacular display created by the community.
The display includes a soldier entirely made up of Sellotape, created by the Chorleywood scouts. The church has also been draped in cascading poppies, handmade by Knit and Natter, a local knitting group. Finally, the graveyard has been covered with leather boots filled with crosses and poppies, designed by Christchurch Chorleywood Primary School. The boots were given to the school by a parent who had served in Afghanistan some years ago.
Over Remembrance weekend, hundreds of local people paid their respects to all those who lost their lives or were injured in the service of their country at Christ Church.
All four normal Sunday services featured silence and acts of remembrance, with the 10.30am service pausing to follow the Cenotaph ceremony on screen at 11.00, before restarting after this had taken place.
A special parade and civic service with the Royal British Legion then took place at 3.00pm in a flower-decked church, conducted by Reverend Tim Horlock, Vicar of St Andrews, Pastor James Roberts, Leader of Connect Church and Canon David Hall, Vicar of Christ Church, with the address being given by Reverend Terence Russoff, Associate Minister of Christ Church.
The service was attended by David Cansdale Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire representing His Majesty the King, Gagan Mohindra, Member of Parliament of Southwest Herts, Councillor Debbie Rosario, Chair of Chorleywood Parish Council, and a whole host of local dignitaries and local representatives, as well as a large contingent of Scouts.
Commenting on the weekend’s remembrance activity, vicar David Hall said: “I think those who gave their lives would have been touched that so long after their loss, we should remember them in such a public way. It was good to honour their memory by praying for peace and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Never has the world needed this message of hope, forgiveness and a fresh start more.”