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Remembrance November 2018

Date: November 12, 2018

We have commemorated the centenary of the end of the First World War at St Mary Magdalene this November.

On Friday 9th, we were visited by a group of boys from Ernest Bevin College who shared with us their art work, crafts and poetry in response to learning about WWI, especially the conditions for ordinary servicemen in the trenches. We heard some famous war poetry such as “Dulce et Decorum Est” and also poems and “letters” written by the school students themselves. The cadet group who accompanied them literally stopped traffic on their way from the school to the church, not surprising given the immaculate Marine Cadet dress uniforms.

For Sunday’s main morning service we welcomed Scouting and Guiding groups across the age range and many visitors. The two minutes’ silence was played in and out for us by our guest trumpeter Gemma Bartlett. Philippa’s sermon included a vignette about one of the men whose names are on our memorial rood screen and many of us found that finding out more about the life of one of these people helped us to imagine more of what the war was like for the people of Wandsworth Common and London.