Remembrance Sunday

11th November, 2018 signifies 100 years since the official end of the First World War. As always on this day we will remember those who lost their lives in that war, and in war ever since.
As usual we will have a service around the war memorial in the churchyard but on this special occasion it will follow a shortened 10 o’clock service so that we can observe the two minutes silence at 11 o’clock at the same time as the rest of the country. The wreath which will be laid on the memorial will be brought into church at the beginning of the service and placed in front of the altar.
At 10.50 the children taking part in HT4U in the Coach House will join us with their parents as will some of the 7th Headington Brownies who meet in the Village Hall. The names of those men from the Quarry who lost their lives in the World Wars will be read out by two members of the congregation who are in the same age group as those who went to war. A trumpeter will play “The Last Post” to announce the beginning of the two minutes silence and “Reveille” will signal the end.
As always anyone who wants to join the usual congregation in church and at the memorial will be very welcome.
We will also be joining in “Ringing out for Peace” at the end of the day. Ringing out for Peace will take place across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and at scores of location overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, the United States and Germany. It will begin at 6.00 am with lone pipers playing, “Battle’s O’er” outside every cathedral in the country. At Oxford’s Christ Church cathedral, Piper Ian Knight will be playing at Tom Gate. At the same time, pipers everywhere will be playing the same tune in their local communities around the world. In the evening at 6.55 buglers will sound the “Last Post” at more than 1,000 locations across the country. This will be followed at 7 pm with beacons being lit to symbolise the country emerging from the darkness of war. In Oxford, the Lord Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson will be lighting a beacon on Castle Mound. At 7.05 church and cathedral bells will ring out and we will make our small contribution thanks to our Verger, Adrian Wood, who will ring our two bells!