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Church: St Giles, Great Wishford


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This year, Key Stage 2 pupils at Great Wishford primary school excelled themselves in the mature and dignified way in which they approached the emotionally charged and difficult themes linked to remembering those who have died in war.  With the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War uppermost in everyone’s minds, that was their focus.

Riley Hume, Ivan Gurd, Stevie McNulty, and Daisy Reed read ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘For the Fallen’ with a solemnity that set the tone of the service.  Claire Shickle’s moving contemplation on life in the trenches and in the midst of battle conjured up for us all a vividly poignant picture of what it must have been like.  

Skylark’s prayerful reflection focused on their gratitude for the sacrifices made, acknowledging that not all children everywhere are able to live as free from fear as they do.  Osprey class had written a beautiful response prayer, led by the House Captains, focusing on the need for the world to learn the lessons of war in order to find peace.  

The singing was roof-raising, and their awareness of the need for gravity evident in their exemplary behaviour throughout.  They had created a very fitting tribute to the memories of those from our parish who died in both world wars, and indeed to all who have died in conflicts since.

                              Yvonne Allen


September 21st was the United Nations Day of Peace, and a particularly significant day as it marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Ladies from our local branch of the Women’s Institute got together to make a whole flight of doves as symbols of peace.  

Thanks go especially to Wishford villagers Di Wilkinson (school Governor) and Caroline Gregory.  In the true spirit of generosity, which happened to be the school’s Christian value running through the first term and seeking to create a joint community-school project, they offered the outcome of their painstaking work to Wishford school.  

And there the doves glide, high above the corridor, silent reminders of the need for “love and compassion [to be] the pillars of peace” (a quote from his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama).  They are also a fitting reminder, at a time of remembering those who sacrificed their lives in wars, and specifically the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, that war need not be the answer to everything.  

As Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians: “Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you”. (2 Cor.13:11) Those doves help to carry that message.

          Yvonne Allen


School and community, Governors and parents, came together to fill St Giles’ church for a harvest thanksgiving service on a drizzly day in October.  Enthusiastic dedication to preparing and practising led to a wonderful service of thanks for God’s generous gifts of the harvest and the ripening fruit and vegetables that make this time of year so colourful.  We were treated to the bright drawings of Owl Class as they shared with us the things that Autumn meant to them, and there was some wonderful singing, with actions, from everyone.  I was impressed by the very thought-provoking and reflective exploration of some of the other words that we can make from the word HARVEST - HAVE, SHARE, and STARVE.  Every class was involved at some point through the service, and the voices of the youngest to the oldest rang out loud and clear.  The House Captains brought up to the altar an array of goods for the Trussell Trust - just a selection from the huge number of items that had been collected by the school.  And the Skylark prayer was beautiful - villagers were treated to that in the Harvest Festival service in the church on the following Sunday.  The children and staff did the school proud - well done!          Yvonne Allen