prepares to mark the centenary of World War 1
series of events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the centenary
of the First World War this summer.
of Burnham's St Andrews Church are busily preparing to mark the
centenary of the WW1.
The church will be marking the outbreak of war with a number of
activities for the whole community during the first weekend of
On Saturday 2nd August there will be an evening of songs and war
poetry, ending with a brief act of Commendation.
the event we hope to tell some of the stories of those who went
to the frontline from Burnham," says Reverend Graham Witts.
Church holds a list of those from Burnham who served in WW1 along
with a list of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. However,
all we have is a list of initials and surnames and little or no
information to go on. If
anyone has information about the Burnham Tommies that
they would be willing to share in the public domain I would be
grateful to hear from them."
Sunday 3rd August at 3.00pm there will also be a civic service
for the whole community that will culminate in the planting of
a tree to mark the occasion and 81 crosses being placed at the
base of the tree to represent those local heroes from Burnham
who gave their lives in the carnage of World War One.
actual outbreak of war falls on 4th August and this will be marked
by the laying of a wreath at the War Memorial Hospital.
is also hoped to have an exhibition of artefacts in the church
during that week.
group of local people, pictured, has recrently returned from a
visit to the World War one sites.
Graham Witts said: "It was highly moving to see the line
upon line rows of graves and to think about the terrors they faced
on a daily basis."
would be wonderful to be able to share something of the lives
and personalities of those for whom we only have initials and
a surname it will root our commemoration in the real lives
of the characters involved."
can contact Rev Witts at firstname.lastname@example.org