Dedication of New War Memorial at Water Orton
22 October 2018 by Cara Butowski

Dedication of New War Memorial at Water Orton

Water Orton village has never had an external War Memorial although men from the village are remembered by plaques on the walls of the church as having given their lives in the two World Wars. Well a group of people set out to remedy this!

On Saturday 13 October 2018, after a couple of years or so of fundraising, everything came to fruition in time for the 100th commemoration of the ending of the First World War on 11 November. Worshippers at St Peter & St Paul’s were proactive in this. The “Great & the Good” of Warwickshire plus representatives of many veteran’s associations and younger people e.g. Air Cadets, Brownies, Boy’s Brigade and Scouts, to name but a few, were in attendance. A great advantage was that the young section of Coleshill Brass Band directed by Stephen Fagg led the hymns, and the National Anthem and the rendering of The Last Post. It was so poignant that the sun came out briefly at the ending of The Last Post.

The pictures show the memorial and also the display in the Parish church based on poppies knitted by the people of the village. The display will be removed after 11 November but will be open to view on Saturday afternoons: 27 October and 10 November from 1pm – 5pm and most Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Indeed as you are reading this why not join us for Holy Communion at 10am on a Wednesday morning & enjoy the poppies at the same time.