The poor weather just about held off as around 100 villagers of Whixley and the area, paid homage to those men and women who fought for us in both of our world wars and died in battle. Both wars were celebrated on November 11th, a date marked all over our country as marking the centenary of the Armistice, with many children also taking part. As the names of the fallen were read out, children from our local Brownie pack plus other children, each placed a poppy cross in front of our war memorial – a touching moment in a very moving ceremony – and wreaths provided by Whixley village and the staff and children from Green Hammerton school were placed by two local residents with military connections.
Our tradition of releasing our ten red and one white balloons is now a thing of the past following discussions on the environmental consequences of unwanted and unsustainable waste materials impacting on our countryside.
Our church, together with the Parish Council and the Village hall have bought a piece of earth containing soil mixed from Flanders and the Ripon Hospital W W 1 site which was part of the wonderful exhibition in Ripon Cathedral. This contains dormant poppy seeds and will be planted by our war memorial.
Gareth Chapman’s picture of the celebration is shown here, and a video he took of part of the service may be found on You Tube under “Whixley Act of Remembrance 2018” or simply click the icon below.