Villages join forces to commemorate World War One

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 August 2014

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THREE Somerset villages have unveiled plans to commemorate the World War One centenary with a series of tributes.

Lympsham, East Brent and Brent Knoll will be joining together to remember the Great War.

A small number of people from the three parish councils have formed the Remember WW1 group to pay tribute to those who served in the conflict, whether at home, on the farm or in the Armed Forces.

The group has put together a series of events leading up to Remembrance Sunday on November 9.

Already, the anniversary of the start of World War One is being marked by a muffled bell ring for 10 minutes at 7pm.

The bell will ring on the anniversary of the death of each serviceman for the next year and will be rung from the church tower of the village which has the servicemen named on its memorial.

Each of the parish’s churches will also have a general exhibition in the week leading up to November 9 and another relating specifically to those from the area who lost their lives.

From November 2, the following evenings will be filled with music, stories, films, talks and presentations.

These evening events will take place in the three church buildings and a programme will be advertised in nearer the time giving details of when and where each event is being held.

The week of remembering will culminate on Remembrance Sunday with acts of remembrance at the village’s war memorials, all starting at 10.50am. At Brent Knoll this continues straight afterwards with a service of remembrance.

Then at 3pm in St Mary’s Church in Church Road, East Brent, there will be a prayer vigil for peace called We Will Remember.

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