A Commemoration in Words, Music and Images of the Great War

A moving commemorative event organised on Saturday 12 November by volunteers of the Gold Hill Museum Shaftesbury and the Great War Community Project attracted over 130 people to St James Church. Against a background of images recorded during the Heritage Lottery Funded Project, relatives of World War One participants, Shaftesbury School students, and the Community Choir contributed readings and choral items, with music played by Heather Blake. Researcher Chris Stupples, at the lectern above, presented a roll of honour, held aloft by Project leaders Ann Symons and Claire Ryley, listing the histories of every individual on the St James War Memorial. The two minute silence was accompanied by the Last Post and Reveille played by Sharon Hawkes, and followed by afternoon tea.  A retiring collection raised £380 to be shared between St James Church Refurbishment Fund and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.