Service Children’s Remembrance Service at Ripon Cathedral

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Published on November 22nd, 2017 | by Pete Ogburn

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Service Children’s Remembrance Service ‘Growing Together’ at Ripon Cathedral 10 November 2017 ‘ I love talking to the children…it’s like a new page’ were the words that Mr Jeffries spoke to the BBC reporter following this years’ Service of Remembrance for 600 military children from 33 schools at Ripon Cathedral.  Mr Jeffries is 95 years [&hellip

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Service Children’s Remembrance Service ‘Growing Together’ at Ripon Cathedral 10 November 2017

‘ I love talking to the children…it’s like a new page’ were the words that Mr Jeffries spoke to the BBC reporter following this years’ Service of Remembrance for 600 military children from 33 schools at Ripon Cathedral.  Mr Jeffries is 95 years old and served in the Parachute Regiment during World War II.  His has visited many of our schools to talk about his life of adventure, challenge and friendship.    His moving reading of On Flanders Fields helped us to remember those who never returned home and in whose memory the nation gathers every November.  Generations away from the conflict in which he fought, he helped us all   think beyond ourselves and our lives and remember a generation lost and wounded by war and to think of those closer to us in age and known to us.  We gathered together to remember them while thinking of the theme of ‘growing together’ visually and amusingly illustrated by Padre James from Dishforth.

Each school was asked to create a giant poppy out of an old bike wheel and these were on display in a large and colourful display on cammo netting over the altar.  It is amazing how much variety and imagination was used in these creations and we are grateful to the schools for their enthusiasm for the task.

Luca, Olivia and James from Hipswell Primary School wrote and beautifully delivered prayers:

Lord

Thank you for all the friends we have made at different schools.

Help us to welcome new people into our schools and to make them part of our family.

Let us remember that even when friends leave, they will still be in our hearts and, even though we may be far apart, we can still support and help each other.

Help us to make our community one of love, kindness and respect, where everyone can grow.

Thank you for all the people who watch over us and care for us.

Let us do the same for each other and to remember that individually we may be small, but together we are strong.

Amen.

And our standard bearers, Patrick and Tayor did us proud alongside the Royal British Legion along with students from Ripon Grammar School who did readings and singing from Holy Trinity Junior School’s wonderful choir.

At next years’ Service we will be reflecting on the centenary of the end of World War I- watch this space! Thank you to all colleagues on the Garrison as well as our fabulous schools for supporting events like this.

You can see our presentation here: www.servicepupilschampion.co.uk/gallery


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