On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. There the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. A French honour guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight. On the morning of the 8th, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court was brought and the unknown warrior placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed 'a British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for king and country'.
On The 9th of November, the unknown warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through guards of honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There it was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Verdun bound for Dover..... the coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French honour guard.
On arrival at Dover, the unknown warrior was greeted with a 19 gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then traveled by special train to Victoria Station London. He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11th of November, he was taken to Westminster Abbey.
The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the great war and it was the union flag he used as an altar cloth at the front, that had been draped over the coffin. It was his intention that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the unknown warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son....
Every year on the 11th of November we remember the unknown warrior ....
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us dignity as we pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 2nd December
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.
VIGIL OF LIGHT TO MARK THE END OF THE GREAT WAR - 11th NOVEMBER 1918
It has been suggested that the County of Somerset should mark the Centenary of the ending of the Great War by providing a Vigil of Light in our churches.
The idea is that every church and chapel in the County should display a light over the period of the Centenary of the Armistice (11th November). These could be small and modest – even a single light bulb could be appropriate – or something larger and more noticeable if this would be easier. In some ways, it was felt that a small, single light bulb would be very symbolic if it was visible from a noticeable window. The idea was that each church/chapel should do whatever was easiest for them.
For those churches/chapels that can take part, and to ensure some uniformity across our area, a light could shine during the hours of darkness from dusk on 6th November until dawn 13th November.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
17th November - Saturday
The Cudworth Christmas Fair, in church
24th November - Saturday
STOCKLINCH - A Thankful Village: 10.30-12.00
Centenary Memory Cafe, held in the village hall
and organised by the village church
(See full notice later in this Web)
7th December - FRIDAY
SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP; 7.00pm
Kingsbury Band Christmas Carol Service and supper in church.
FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS
Muriel and John Callow - a service of celebration and thanksgiving for sixty years of marriage, at Shepton Beauchamp church.
Paige & Chloe Chick - welcomed into God’s family by baptism at Barrington church.
Barbara Jennings, 93 years; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp, followed by creation and Yeovil and her ashes interred with her husband.
John Cornelius, 78 yrs; cremation followed by a thanksgiving service at Shepton Beauchamp.
Margaret Brown, 80 yrs; funeral service at Taunton and her ashes interred next to her son at Kingstone.
Puckington Harvest Coffee Morning - Delighted to say we made £278 at our Coffee Morning, thank you for all your contributions for the raffle, bring and buy stall and the refreshments.
MY COMMUNITY: (Monks Yard email@example.com)
SENIORS CONNECT WITH COFFEE - Monks Yard
Seniors Connect with Coffee happens once a month at Monks Yard for any folk in the parishes that might enjoy a cuppa and some company.
This is a group that started after the meal we ran for elderly and isolated in the community and we now have about a dozen folk, both men and women who come along, most in their 80s and 90's (but a few younger), and numerous helpers from the churches come along to serve and chat.
We've moved the day to the second Friday of each month, so it next falls on Friday 12th October and runs from 10.30am, wrapping up a little before midday.
Be great to see you or if you know someone who might be interested, please let them know.....
BEREAVEMENT SEMINAR - Sat 3rd Nov, 10am - 12 noon
The second of two free seminars focussing on bereavement, is hosted by MY Community chaplain Revd. Marion Field.
The first was a practical workshop for anyone wanting to understand more about the timescale and stages of grief, whether you had lost someone yourself or wanted to be equipped to support a friend or family member. This first seminar was not recommended for anyone who has suffered a significant loss in the last 2 years.
For those still in the early stages of grief we would encourage you to join us for the second of our two seminars on November 3rd. Join Marion as she unpacks the journey of bereavement from initial shock and denial through to acceptance and healing.
Marion has a Masters in Theology serving for many years as a chaplain in Croydon before moving to Somerset 17 years ago where she was appointed full time Chaplain to St Margaret’s Hospice. These sessions are free and open to all but booking is essential, please contact us via phone or email to reserve your place. Thank you.
Liz Tozer, MY Community, Monks Yard, 01460 200020
Barrington Church Harvest Festival and Supper
Thank you to all who donated tins and packets of food for Ilminster Food Bank: the many boxes of food left in the Church for the Harvest Festival and the Village Hall at the Harvest Supper have now been delivered.
On Friday 6th October, 62 Barringtonians enjoyed the Supper organised by the Church as a community event, and a happy bye-product was a small profit of £180 towards Church repairs. We ate a delicious casserole made by Margaret and huge apple crumbles (and lashings of cream ) made by the ladies of the village. It was a happy occasion with much merriment caused by Roberts quiz.
We all had an enjoyable evening.
Save the Date!!!!!!
Kingsbury Band Christmas Carol Service and supper on Sat 7th December at 7.00pm in church.
’Shepton special’ Christmas cards:
Christmas cards depicting a local artist’s painting of the floodlit church will be sold to raise funds for St Michael’s again this year. They will soon be available from Angie’s Village Shop and Tea Room at £1 each or £5 for a pack of 6.
St Michael’s Church news
This year’s harvest celebration again took the form of a lunch in the village hall, but this time it was ‘pot luck’ as to what would be on the menu as, in true community spirit, villagers brought food to share. There was quite a feast. As people arrived, the crisp white tablecloths were soon covered with platters bearing all kinds of savoury and sweet treats.
After a short harvest introduction by Father Geoff and a thanksgiving hymn-singalong accompanied by the Merriott music group, the array of tasty treats on the buffet and drinks table were hugely enjoyed. Donations, a raffle and the auction of a large bottle of whisky raised £164.79 for church funds.
Special thanks to the many people who donated time, effort, creativity and washing-up skills as well as delicious food!