Remembering the fallen

Reverend Chrichton Limbert introduces a week of First World War commemoration at Christ Church Southgate

Southgate Remembers

The Southgate Remembers exhibition at Christ Church Southgate

This month the whole country will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The centenary of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month will fall on Sunday 11th November. In the days before there will be a week of events at Christ Church in Waterfall Road, Southgate, to remember the 146 local people who lost their lives and are commemorated on our war memorial, as well as all those whose lives were affected in any way.

Southgate Remembers started on Sunday 4th November with a sung Requiem Mass and will end with the Remembrance service on Sunday 11th November at 10.30 am, including the silence at 11am and a full parade.

Southgate Remembers exhibition

A display of handmade poppies at Christ Church Southgate

Throughout the week the church is hosting a free exhibition of local First World War memorabilia, including displays with information about the fallen of Southgate, an installation of handmade poppies, and commemorative poems and artwork by local children.

The centrepiece, however, is an installation of ten soldier silhouettes from the ‘There But Not There’ project, which we have been donated by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. These transparent seated military figures have been placed around the church to represent some of those that we know used to sit in the building.

Other events are being planned, including a music and readings evening on Thursday 8th November and an illustrated talk on First World War posters from 12pm on Wednesday 7th November.

There will be a memories book to record tributes and reflections. This will be a very moving and unique chance to reflect on the effect of the war on our community, making it real and personal for the next generation.

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