On Saturday at 10:50 a short commemoration for Armistice Day was held at Barnack War Memorial, where the Garden of Remembrance had been laid out a few days previously. An introduction to the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae was given and then the poem was read. This was followed by the remembrance of Rifleman Eli Alfred Hensby of the Rifle Brigade as part of the Royal British Legion’s “Every One Remembered” project, then the Legion Exhortation, Last Post, 2 minutes’ silence and Reveille.

The Remembrance Sunday commemoration began at 0945 with a service in Barnack Church, conducted by Branch Chaplain the Rev. Dave Maylor, during which the Branch Standards and that of the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF were presented to the Altar and a wreath was laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion. At 10:40 the congregation moved to the War Memorial in bright sunshine (and a rather cold wind!) to join many others already there - attendance this year was close to a record. 

The names of those to be remembered from Barnack and the surrounding villages were read out, CCF cadets read the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph, Last Post and Reveille were played either side of the two minutes’ silence and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion, RAF Wittering, Barnack Parish Council, the Stamford Endowed Schools and the Falklands Islands Association. In addition, there was one personal wreath laid. 

Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, the Church collection raised £250 for Legion funds.

One feature of both days was that Branch Trumpeter Lawrence Hayes (of Stamford School CCF) used a bugle presented to our late chairman Charles Clark when he was an OTC cadet at Warwick school, which Charles’ son Jonathan presented to Lawrence after the memorial service earlier this year.