It was a full village affair on Remembrance Sunday as representatives from the Church, Parish Council, uniformed youth groups, Stoke Poges School, Teikyo School, WI and WReNS, gathered by the statue on Bells Hill and then at St Andrew’s. We met to commemorate all who have fallen in conflict but particularly those who fell in the last year of the First World War on its 100th Anniversary.
Hymns were sung, poetry and Scripture were read, the Last Post played and flags were paraded. The names and stories of those who died in 1918, wherever they now lie and whatever their connection to Stoke Poges, were read out and crosses planted beneath the flagpole. A display was created in the foyer at St Andrew’s to allow people to see this information related to maps, coupled with a poignant photo headed “These Came Home”.
The uniformed groups respectfully paraded their flags down the hill and around the packed church hall for the Service of Remembrance. Afterwards, we enjoyed a convivial cuppa and slice of cake and shared the village news of today.