Neighbourhood Watch : Lock your doors

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In view of local burglaries, the Parish Council are reminding parishioners to ensure the security of their homes and to keep doors locked.

Remembrance 2017 : Our wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres

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Our postman, Paul Chapman, asked the Parish Council whether we would like him to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres on behalf of the Parish to mark 100 years since the battles of 1917. People named on our war memorial were among the casualties. When Paul is not a postman, he is a battlefield guide and author. Here is his report and photographs.

Had a wonderful time ‘over there’: Very hectic, but wouldn’t have missed a single moment of it.

Three days guiding; fully booked for five days with a Canadian group next November, and a few firsts – invited to speak at a school in Poperinge, invited to the Fire Station, Poperinge (regularly attended Ypres) by the Chief Fire Officer, interviewed live by Irish Radio: And, for the second year running, was afforded the honour of delivering the exhortation ‘They shall grow not old …’ before the crowd assembled at Last Post ceremony, Menin Gate.
The following account – although thoughts of remembrance lie with all wherever they may have originated – relates to one casualty recorded on Holcot War Memorial. I‘m sure young Frederick would have been well-acquainted / familiar with the surrounding villages.

During the first few days of June, 1917, immediately prior to the Battle of Messines – when the detonating of nineteen mines beneath the ridge extending from Messines in the south to Hill 60 in the north would successfully wrest the advantage of high ground surrounding the Belgian town of Ypres from the enemy after almost four years of stalemate – 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers were ‘in rest’ at ‘Middle Camp W.,’ a short distance from the village of Reninghelst. The weather was warm, clear and sunny, but ‘rest’ was something of a misnomer; the men were continually called upon to perform various fatigues and exercises around the camp, as well as providing nightly working parties to the front-line. One party, having completed its tasks under heavy enemy fire, was commended for its steadfast behaviour.

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