Edwinstowe village commemorated Remembrance Sunday on 12th November 2023 with its usual pride and reflection, remembering those many brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
This started with a march, which was led by the wonderful Thoresby Band and included over 70 children from various organisations, such as Scouts, Guides, Brownies, and Rainbows. The new vicar, Reverend Claire Melless, conducted the service in St Mary’s before they moved to the memorial garden for the reading the Roll of Honour and observing the two-minute silence with the nation at 11.00am.
Despite a misty cold day, attendees were spared the discomfort of rain as this held off until after lunch, and an estimated 800+ villagers and locals joined for this important and poignant occasion.
This year the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire was represented by Mrs Andrea O’Donnell DL, who took the salute together with the chairman of the Parish Council and Rev Melless on the High Street of Edwinstowe. Serving and retired serviceman from all three of the armed services were in attendance, together with representatives from most of the groups that operate in and around the village and with residents from Newark, Clipstone, Wellow and Oxton.
The Deputy Lieutenant wore her grandfather’s WWII medals with pride on Sunday. Captain Sherbrooke RN was awarded the DSO for his command of action in the second battle of Narvik. For his bravery and command of a Royal Navy destroyer flotilla in the Atlantic Convoys in the Barents Sea on 31st December 1942, Captain Sherbrooke was awarded the Victoria Cross.
After gathering around the Memorial Garden to listen to the Roll of Honour, a first-class rendition of the Last Post and Reveille was played by Amy Mondschien. The parade then reformed to march down the High Street and back to King Edwin School where the march ended.
Grateful thanks go out to all who participated this year. Once again, the children’s groups were prominent in their uniforms and played a large part. Thanks go to Martin Cohen for directing the march, to George Kennedy and the Thoresby Band for providing the music for the parade and church service, to Revd Claire for conducting the service and to Andrea O’Donnell DL who gave attendees the privilege of seeing a Victoria cross medal on the parade.
Finally, RBL would like to thank Thoresby Trust for their very generous donation to sponsoring this event and to Councillor Carlton and Notts County Council for their contribution to the cost of the event.