Battle of the Somme commemoration

01/07/2016

Join us for a short service on Friday 1st July at 11am in the Parish Church. 

Through hymns, prayers, and readings and hearing words from forgotten voices of the war we will look back, and in hope we will look to the future. After the service there will be refreshments in the Parish Room and a chance to look round at a display put together by Judith Knaggs, to recognise the tragic loss of life on the 1st July 1916.

On that day, the Fourth Army, the first to be deployed, was largely made up of units from the north of England, as well as other parts of the U.K. Nearly half of those first deployed on the Somme were support personnel, medical, catering and logistics staff.

We will be commemorating the great human toll that the Battle of the Somme entailed, 1 July - 18 November 1916. It has been described as the most devastating battle in modern military history. Many of the villages, in this mainly rural area of the Picardy region of Northern France were destroyed by the massive artillery bombardments. Several, such as Serre, were made into fortress-villages as part of the German lines and so suffered greatly from artillery fire.

Whilst nearly 100 years have passed since the battle of the Somme, the region is relatively unchanged. Modern roads and housing developments have grown up, but walking the lanes and tracks on foot, in many places there can be a real feel for what the battlefields must have looked like then.

Together in commemoration and reflection we will mark this horrendous moment in world history, 100 years on. Everyone is most welcome to share in this solemn occasion.

The Revd Ruth Yeoman

The Vicarage,

12 Fairfax Gardens

Menston

Ilkley

LS29 6ET

Tel 01943 877739

Vicar of Menston Parish Church

http://www.stjohnmenston.org.uk/

Bradford Area Adviser in Women's Ministry

Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales