Stories of World War 1 heroes told at Remembrance weekend events in Pulloxhill

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Villagers in Pulloxhill have held a special weekend of events to mark Remembrance.

Around the outside of St James’ Church was a cascade of 2,300 poppies knitted and crotched by local ladies attached to camouflage netting.

At the foot there were nine ceramic poppies, one for each of the lives lost in World War 1, which were sponsored by the parish council, and six others donated by individuals.

Sandbags made a trench and a silhouette Tommie and a wooden machine gun made by Greg Smy completed the scene.

On either side of the church porch were wreaths made by the children at Pulloxhill School.

Inside the church each of the window sills had displays of memorabilia, photographs, books and models provided by villagers with poppy wreaths and arrangements completing the decorations.

The niches either side of the east window had a silhouette Tommie made by Greg. Barry Weatherhead loaned his Sopwith Pup model aircraft which was suspended from the ceiling.

Liz Coulson has researched the history of the nine men who died during the war and a booklet was printed. They sold out very quickly on Saturday when the church was open for the day and a quick reprint also sold out.

Pulloxhill Car Boot sale sponsored pocket versions of St John’s Gospel as carried by soldiers and one was given to each family who visited the exhibition.

On Sunday a large congregation gathered at the war memorial for the Service of Remembrance.

Barry Weatherhead bought his 1918 Hallford WW1 Army lorry along with Graham and Kim Smith with their 1917 AEC lorry to the service and they parked either side of the church gates.

All proceeds from the weekend will be donated to the Royal British Legion.