READY TO REMEMBER
AS THE Borough prepares to pause on Sunday for a two-minute silence, prpeareations are continuing to ensure everyone can play their part.
This week, a special exhibition has been taking place in Wokingham Town Hall allowing people to read the stories of the fallen from the borough’s parishes. Each town and parish has banners telling the story of the First World War soldiers who didn’t come back, ensuring that they are never forgotten.
On Monday, to launch the exhibition, parish council leaders joined with deputy town mayor, Cllr Malcolm Richards for a reception.
He said: “In 2014 our towns and parishs undertook a project together to discover all of our memorials across the borough to mark the start of the centenary of the First World War.
“Four years on, we are marking the end of the centenary. We coudln’t miss the opportunity to bring these [banners] together once more for people to see.
“I hope you and others will appreciate seeing them all over again.”
Today is the final day of the display and it is open from 10am to 2pm in the Town Hall.
Wokingham Theatre is running My Dear Dear Boy until Saturday, a play based on letters between a soldier on the frontline and his mother.
There are at least two concerts taking place on Saturday.
All Saints Church will host Lest We Forget from 3pm to 5pm, a concert from Trinity Concert Band and the Arborfield Military Wives Choir. Entry is free.
In the evening, Wokingham Choral Society will be at the Great Hall in Reading for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
On Sunday, there will be a series of special events. Many churches and war memorials will hold two-minute silences at 11am.
Wokingham Town will hold its annual civic parade from Market Place to All Saints at 2.40pm, while in the evening from 6.30pm, there will be a Centenary beacon lit. Market Place will be a hive of activity from 6.30pm through to 7.30pm. A SERIES of special events are being held at St Catherine’s
Church in Bearwood Road to mark Remembrance Weekend.
On Saturday, a special family trail will be running in the church’s historic churchyard. Answering child-friendly questions will take the children on a trail that includes graves of those who fell in the First World War.
The event runs from 2pm to 4pm and includes free drinks and cakes and Remembrance Stones to take away. A colouring competition will also be on offer.
At 4pm, there will be a short, informal communion service.
On Remembrance Sunday, a service takes place at 10.45am, which will place homage to the church’s links with Canada: Reddam House (formerly Bearwood College) was used as a convalescent hospital during the First World War. Over five years, more than 25,000 Candians were treated there. Some patients who died are buried in St Catherine’s grounds.
Inside the church are memorials to those who lost their fight for life and, permanently hanging above the entrance door, in their memory, is the Canadian flag.
In the evening, St Catherine’s will join with the rest of the nation to commemorate the end of the First World War. The Last Post will sound at 6.55pm, followed by the lighting of a beacon at 7pm and the church bells will ring at 7.05pm.
Refreshments will be served.