READY TO RE­MEM­BER

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By PHIL CREIGHTON

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.

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