Candlelight service to mark the Great War
A VILLAGE is planning to come together to mark the centenary of First World War.
St Giles Church, in Church Lane, Stoke Poges, will be the focus for the surrounding villages as they join in with churches across Britain on August 4 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
The churchyard contains the graves of some of those who fought and died in the war.
The event will include special anthems, readings from the letters of soldiers who fought at the time and pray for reconciliation and an end to violence and conflict in the world today.
The service will begin at 10pm and will be preceded by a walk from the village hall to the church.
Bells calling people to church will be muffled and Royal British Legion storm candles will be placed on the relevant graves.
One of the organisers Gaynor Houghton-Jones said: “A candlelit service was conceived from the famous words of Sir Edward Grey, foreign secretary at the time ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time’.
“This will be an opportunity to recognise all the Commonwealth soldiers who stood by Britain at that time, to reflect on a period in our history which led to tremendous sacrifice and bravery on the battlefield and quiet heroism on the home front.
“The war changed the world and shaped the country we live in today.”