CELEBRATING SAFE RETURN OF VIILAGE MEN. While nearly every parish in the UK are this coming weekend holding special events to mark the centenary of the ending of WW1 on November 11, 1918 and remembering the names of those who went to it from their village and didn’t come back, residents in Wysall are marking the fact that everyone of their men who fought did in fact make a safe return.
Wysall has produced a Thankful Village Monument which will on Sunday be officially received to record the fact they are one of only 32 such villages in England and Wales where they don’t have cause for a memorial/
Twelve men from Wysall served in the Great War, and they all came home again.
To celebrate their safe return, a clock was installed in the church tower of the village Holy Trinity Church, with a dedicatory brass plaque just inside the south door.
The plaque has a Roll of Honour naming the twelve men and says: “This church clock was donated by the villagers as a thanksgiving memorial for the safe return of the men from the village who served in the armed forces during the Great War 1914 – 1918.
In addition, each of the men was presented with a silver ink-stand engraved with his name and the words “With gratitude from Wysall for answering Duty’s call in the Great War”.
With the centenary of the end of WWI the present-day Parish Council decided that the village should further celebrate its Thankful Village Status and have a memorial plaque sited on land in front of the church on the piece of common land already housing a newly restored finger direction post and a seat.
Council chairman Sam Stephens has been the driving force behind the project to celebrate their thankful village status and has led the arrangements for the making of the memorial and for the dedication of it as part of the Remembrance Day Church Service on Sunday this weekend, exactly 100 years to the day when the war ended.
FOOD FAIR. The 8th annual Wysall Food Fair took place in the village hall and was again a very successful event.
There were over 30 stalls selling a large variety of local/ organic/home produced food, with bread, meat, pies, burgers, ice cream, macaroons, sweets, chocolate, deli produce, cakes, honey, vegetables, Indian food, preserves, nuts, fruit and veg, cheese among the stalls, sited both inside and outside the hall Refreshments, including a BBQ, tea and coffee, local beer and wine were also available.
The annual Wysall Christmas Market is this year taking place on Sunday 2nd December and this year will move closer towards the traditional European Christmas markets with gluhwein, gingerbread and Christmas accessories on offer, as well as old favourites.