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WW1 Armistice 100th Anniversary
The Friday evening Armistice concert at Rodborough Tabernacle was poignant and horrifying in its recall of the sacrifices made 100 years ago but it also contained amusing moments reflecting the brave attitudes of those who lived through the events.
The readings taken from newspapers of the period highlighted the changing emotions of the British as the war progressed, with reflections on the futility of war and the long term after-effects of losing so many loved ones.
The evening provided a lively history lesson as well as honouring those who gave their lives. Inspired by his father's close relationship with Harry Patch, Mike Issacs produced a CD highlighting the futility of war. Many of the tracks were included in the concert. Also included was moving poetry by the War poets that has been set by a a local musician, Caz Besterman. This was sung by 'Christ Church Eucumenical Choir'.
Clive Hook led the audience singing songs of that era and John Cook wrote his own dedication to a lost relative, Charlie Knee, scout leader at 1st Rodborough Scouts. Megan Strachan, soprano, sang two settings of 'Pie Jesu' with such feeling. Members of 'Remembering Rodborough' showcased articles from their recent publication, 'Summoned from the Hillside'.
It was an evening to remember and to reflect on.
The Tabs "Nippies" (as the Lyons waitresses were called) were as busy as those who worked at a real Lyons Tea House and served up an afternoon tea that was as good as any that would have been served 100 years ago.
From below Rodborough Fort take Tabernacle Walk. The Chapel is opposite the main church about 500 yards along Tabernacle Walk.
Access is suitable for cars and minibuses with parking available outside the Little Chapel.
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