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AN IMPRESSIVE exhibition of poppies at a historic church will help worshippers and visitors to mark 100 years of the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
St Michael and All Angels Church, Chalton, near Clanfield, will launch the two-week Remembrance exhibition with a special Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm on Sunday (October 31). The programme of events – called ‘Remembering’ – will also recall the contribution given by animals to the Armed Forces.
The commemorative exhibition includes cascades of poppies both inside and outside the 11th century church. It will be open to visitors each day between 10am and 3pm from November 1-14, with a special programme of music, talks, workshops and worship events. Entry is free, and refreshments are available at the nearby Red Lion.
You’re invited to find out the origin of the poppy, how the war was recorded through poetry, what animals helped the war efforts and about those from the village of Chalton who served their country. There will also be a chance to make a dedication to a loved one who died in active service in the church’s ‘living’ exhibition.
Event organiser and licensed lay minister Dr Coleen Jackson said: “Each year, we remember those who lost their lives in war with commemorative events on and around Remembrance Day. This year St Michael and All Angels is holding an exhibition with special events to commemorate 100 years of the British Legion Poppy and to remember the service animals who also died in the war.
“Chalton is fortunate to have a beautiful late 11th century church at the heart of the village. The historical significance of this church is important for all those who have worshipped within its walls over the centuries. From its beautiful, stained windows to wonderful acoustics, there are many delights to discover.”
Among the events is a children’s art workshop at 10.30am on November 6, a pet service at 3pm on November 7, a chance to bring your family’s medals, photos and stories at 12noon on November 10, and a Remembrance Sunday service at 9.30am on November 14. For full details, see: www.bcichurches.org.uk.
St Michael & All Angels
South Lane, Chalton, PO8 0BG