Remembrance Service 2023

The service was held mainly in the church but moved outside to the village War Memorial in time for the two minute silence at 11am. St Mary’s was particularly pleased to welcome the Bitton and Oldland Branch of the Royal British Legion, Chris Skidmore MP, Cllr Erica Williams (representing both South Gloucestershire Council and Bitton Parish Council), Cadets from the Army Cadet Force and members of St Mary’s Bitton Scout Group.  Wreaths were laid by the representatives and on behalf of St Mary’s church, by churchwarden, Simon Harris.

The last post and reveille were played by trumpeter Mark Wilkins to mark the start and end of the two minutes silence.  Following the laying of wreaths, all those attending were invited to lay their own tributes and crosses.  Some beautifully decorated crosses had been designed by children from The Meadows School and had been laid the previous evening.

Thise staying after the service were treated to coffee and a special Remembrance Cake.

A moment of reflection before wreaths are laid
Wreath on the Altar
The service begins - Photograph - Jane Clapp
Mark Wilkins - trumpeter
The procession leaves the church
The congregation made its way from the church to the village war memorial
Jeff Dando lays a wreath on behalf of the Bitton and Oldland Royal British Legion
Chris Skidmore MP lays his wreath
Opportunity for individual remembrance
The congregation returns to the church
Decorated memorial crosses left by children from The Meadows School - picture Rachel Holmes
Remembrance Cake