Shows, films, theatre mark 100

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

ANATIONAL art ex­hi­bi­tion, com­mem­o­ra­tive dis­plays, and a per­for­mance of the ac­claimed Ed­in­burgh Fringe WWI play Broth­ers In Arms form part of a vil­lage’s cen­te­nary events.

The Re­mem­brance 100 Ex­hi­bi­tion, open daily from Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 to Tues­day, Novem­ber 13, at St John the Bap­tist in Burscough, will mark mil­i­tary and civil­ian ser­vice dur­ing the world wars and more re­cent con­flicts, fea­tur­ing mil­i­tary uni­forms and items, medals, and sto­ries of those who served.

The na­tional art in­stal­la­tion fea­tur­ing sil­hou­ettes – There But Not There – will also be hosted as a trib­ute to the Fallen.

A spe­cial lo­cal com­mem­o­ra­tive project, ‘Ev­ery­one Re­mem­bered’, de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and other churches and busi­nesses, will re­mem­ber ev­ery one of the mil­i­tary per­son­nel from around Burscough who died in WWI.

At St Johns and through­out the vil­lage there will be re­mem­brance cards of each in­di­vid­ual, and win­dow dis­plays dec­o­rated with knit­ted pop­pies.

Booths su­per­mar­ket will fea­ture a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion ac­knowl­edg­ing the sac­ri­fice of the war horses which passed through the area on their way to the Western Front.

A se­ries of evening events will also be held at St Johns church.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 2 at 7.30pm, Rev David Ban­bury and Pete Tomkin­son will be shar­ing sto­ries of their time in the Bri­tish Army serv­ing in Iraq and Afghanistan, in ‘Faith Un­der Fire.’

Two film nights take place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 and Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 from 7pm.

The first, Joyeux Noel (cert.12), fol­lows the events sur­round­ing the Christ­mas Truce of 1914. The fol­low­ing week’s show­ing will be Hack­saw Ridge (cert.15, with some graphic scenes of war­fare), a true story of an army medic’s in­spir­ing hero­ism in World War II.

Both ‘Faith and Film’ nights will be fol­lowed by in­for­mal dis­cus­sion for any­one who wishes to stay and talk about the is­sues ex­plored in the films.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 at 7.30pm the church will host a talk all about it­self!

Lo­cal his­to­rian David Or­ritt will present an il­lus­trated talk all about the build­ing and those com­mem­o­rated in the stained glass win­dow.

The clos­ing event, fresh from its sell-out run at this year’s Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val, will be a per­for­mance of ‘Brother in Arms’ at 7.30pm on Tues­day,Novem­ber 13.

The play tells the true story of the Chavasse broth­ers who served with great dis­tinc­tion in World War I, weav­ing a tale of courage, ser­vice, sac­ri­fice and faith.

Tick­ets cost £3 and are avail­able from the church of­fice, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to forces char­i­ties.

Fi­nally, there will be a se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vices through­out the day, fol­lowed by a Civic Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at St John’s at 3pm dur­ing which all of the names of those recorded on the vil­lage war memo­rial will be re­mem­bered.

David Ban­bury, for­mer sol­dier and now serv­ing vicar at St John the Bap­tist Church, re­flects: “I feel proud to com­mend the Re­mem­brance 100 events to ev­ery­one, and I hope they will prove a fit­ting trib­ute to all those who have served.

For more about any of th­ese events, in­clud­ing the daily open­ing times for the Re­mem­brance 100 ex­hi­bi­tion, con­tact the church of­fice on 01704 897852.

Rev David Ban­bury in WW I uni­form at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val

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