1914-2014 - Wealden remembers the fallen

British and German soldiers play football on Christmas Day, 1914
British and German soldiers play football on Christmas Day, 1914

Remembrance Day dawns with special poignancy this year as the nation marks the centenary of Britain’s entry into World War I.

As well as services and wreath laying ceremonies, many churches and organisations are planning commemorative events.

On Sunday, November 9, St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield stages ‘Lest We Forget’ when David Warwick, Louise Jameson and Trio Lavolta look through the ages, described as ‘sometimes political, sometimes sad, always with a touch of humour and Dunkirk Spirit.’ Mayfield’s Sunday service begins at 10.50am at the War Memorial followed by an ecumenical service in St Dunstan’s Church.

On Saturday, December 20 the church hosts a 1914 Christmas Truce concert with music, songs, carols and readings.

The Remembrance service at All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield, attended by British Legion members and uniformed youth groups, starts at 10.45am. A new flag will be unveiled for permanent display in the church. Regimental badges and memorabilia shown in the church’s World War I exhibition will also be displayed and parishioners can place poppy crosses in a memorial garden outside the church door.

Afterwards wreaths will be laid at the Cade Street memorial. There will also be a Silent Night Carol Service on December 21 remembering the Christmas Truce of 1914 when British and German troops enjoyed a football match.

On November 9, Wealden Council members commemorate those across the District who died serving their country. In Uckfield, youth groups and the British Legion will attend a service in Holy Cross Church before wreaths are laid. Groups will then parade down the High Street. Cllr Brian Redman, council chairman, who will lay a wreath, and deputy leader Cllr Claire Dowling will attend the service at All Saints Church, Crowborough

The Union Flag will be flown from Wealden’s offices in Hailsham and a two minute silence held on November 11 so staff can pay their respects.