Loughborough Echo - - VILLAGES -

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.

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