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Barnstaple WW1 Commemorations Sunday Aug 3rd

I attended this ceremony on behalf of our Rotary Club. It began at the war memorial in Rock Park followed by a Drumhead and Commemoration service in the Pannier Market.

At the war memorial there were representatives from the Royal Marines and Royal Navy, the local Air and Sea Cadets, the Scouts, British Legion and Standard Bearers representing other organisations. A small gath- ering of the public watched the short simple service, led by the Bishop of Crediton and the chaplain of the Royal British Legion. During the service wreaths were laid by the Mayor, the Royal Marines, the ABF, which is the soldiers’ charity, Royal British Legion, and myself for Rotary.

The North Devon Pipe and Drum Band headed the parade along Taw Vale to the Pannier Market where the Bishop of Crediton and the RBL chaplain led the Drumhead Service and Act of Remembrance. Following the service The Barnstaple Male Voice Choir gave a short programme including well known WW1 songs, and there were demonstrations by the N. Devon Pipe and Drum Band as well as the Barnstaple Youth and Marching Band to conclude the event. Our Rotary Club, along with Link Club, provided stewards to assist in the Pannier Market. report by.... President Roger

On Thursday 24th July

Gordon and June Tamlyn represented Barnstaple Rotary Club at the

dedication of the recently constructed Memorial

Gardens at RMB Chivenor. This was created to remember those

servicemen and women

who lost their lives whilst stationed at the base.

Officers showed us around the site and explained that the crests displayed on the central monument are those of the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines, 24 Commando Engineer Regiment and A-Flight 22 Squadron Royal Air Force the 3 units based at Chivenor. The monument was created by local artist John Rodney-Jones using Portland Stone chosen due to its significance of being the stone of both the Cenotaph and British Military headstones. The construction work was undertaken by P Jewell & Sons with stone masonry by Paul Bannister. There has also been a silver replica made of the monument by British Silverware Ltd. This is to be displayed for all official dining occasions; a poignant symbol of remembrance and reflection for all serving officers. Before the dedication there was also an opportunity to look at the displays presented to showcase the work at Chivenor. It was very interesting to talk to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable soldiers and ma- rines who use the vehicles and equipment on show, in the field. The Military Ladies Choir set the scene, with their special mix of music, for the dedication by the Chaplain. The Corps of Drums of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band Beat the Retreat before a closing address by The Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel R F Baxendale Royal Marines. This was a beautiful evening for a thought provoking service and dedication of a special place for families,

friends and strangers to come and think about the present and the future but also to remember the past. Report & Photo supplied by Gordon Tamlyn

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