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Local Remembrance Sunday Services in Nantwich, Willaston and Wistaston

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Remembrance Sunday Services commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Nantwich

There was a parade from Nantwich Civic Hall along Market Street and Churchyardside to the war memorial on the town square. The parade included the Cheshire Police Band, Army Cadets, Air Training Corps Cadets, Sea Cadets local Scout groups, and a contingent from the Nantwich & District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

The service on the town square was led by Rev. Dr Mark Hart (Rector of St Mary’s Church and Padre to the Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion). John Dwyer (Chair, Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion) delivered the Exhortation; followed by Cheshire Police Band performing The Last Post and The Reveille, in between which there was a respectful two-minute silence. The Kohima Epitaph was read by Arthur Moran (President, Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion): ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’ The Reading of the Names of the fallen were read in alphabetical order by local Air Training Cadets and Army Cadets. Wreaths were placed at the war memorial on Nantwich town square. The service concluded with the National Anthem.

Businesses in the town also decorated their premises including The Talbot (Oat Market) and TPL Salon (Beam Street). Dabber Scooter Club had a display of their scooters on High Street.

Willaston

The service at the war memorial on Colleys Lane was conducted by Revd Paul North (St Mary’s Wistaston) and Revd Sarah Butcher (Wells Green Methodist Church) and included the reading of the names of those listed on the war memorial who lost their lives in the service of their country, the Exhortation, The Last Post and The Reveille, in between which there was a two-minute silence. Wreaths were placed at the war memorial. The service concluded with the National Anthem.

Attendees included Cllr Sarah Pochin (Mayor of Cheshire East), Cllr Stuart Bostock (Mayor of Nantwich), Cllr Craig Bailey (Chairman, Willaston Parish Council), John Dwyer (President, Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion), David Hulse (Standard Bearer, Nantwich and District Branch of the Royal British Legion), 26th South West Cheshire Scout Group, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets.

Gerald Newbrook displayed his replica First World War Boy Scout Ambulance.

Wistaston

Due to the ongoing pandemic the service was held outdoors. The service began in front of Wistaston Memorial Hall and then proceeded on foot along Church Lane to conclude outside St Mary’s Church. The route was adorned with large poppy heads attached to roadside posts and was setup by Wistaston Parish Council. Gerald Newbrook displayed his replica World War 1 Boy Scout Ambulance.

The service was led by Revd Mike Turnbull (St Mary’s Wistaston), Revd Paul North (St Mary’s Wistaston) and Revd Sarah Butcher (Wells Green Methodist Church) and included The Last Post and The Reveille, in between which there was a one-minute silence. The names were read of the men from Wistaston & Rope who perished during World War 1 and World War 2. Wreaths were placed at the Wistaston & Rope War Memorial.

A Remembrance Day ‘Ribbon of Poppies’ cascade, standing over 70ft, was on display at St Mary’s Church, close to the Wistaston & Rope War Memorial. The cascade was setup and erected by the 35th South West Cheshire (Wistaston) Scout Group.

Revd Ken Sambrook

Photo of Revd Ken Sambrook alongside a poppy arrangement (photograph: Jonathan White)

The Willaston, Wistaston and Crewe Remembrance Sunday Services all spoke of Revd Ken Sambrook, from Wistaston, who passed away on Wednesday 10th November after a brief spell in hospital. Ken was deeply involved in the local community including as a Priest to the parish and community of Willaston, Wistaston and Crewe; a fundraiser and committee member of the local Diabetes UK group; and a former Group Scout Leader, Chair & Secretary of the Wistaston Scout Group. He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Wistonian of the Year’, for his major contribution to the life and welfare of the people of Wistaston.

The Royal British Legion

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. The British Legion was formed on the 15th May 1921 after the end of the First World War with Royal status being granted in 1971.