We had services in both our churches that day and both were well attended. At St Mary’s 12 descendants of men named on the Memorial were there and 4 of them read a poem about poppies. Everyone had been given a poppy and these were scattered on to the ‘poppy fall’ after the service. David Livermore read on behalf of his family at St John’s in memory of his grandfather Albert Livermore named on their memorial.
At Gt Leighs, many wreaths were laid as the bugler played the Last Post and after the two minutes silence the service continued in church.
Revd Sandra and Sam Marriage led this service which included an excerpt from Revd Andrew Clark’s WW1 Diary.
The Button Banners were blessed and admired as they hung from the pulpits and thanks given to all those who sewed the buttons.
We were very pleased to see so many descendants there for both villages, coming from London and Norwich for the occasion as well as other parts of Essex.