Westerham Remembers 1918
– a journey of excited anticipation… through stark reality… to near exhaustion –
Saturday 27th October 7.00pm (canapés served) for 7.30pm
in St Mary’s Church, Westerham
Presented by Westerham Town Partnership in association with St Mary’s Heritage Trust
Tickets include a commemorative programme, delicious canapés at 7pm, drinks. Profits will go to Westerham Town Partnership for future town projects, St Mary’s Heritage Trust and to the Orpheus Centre, whose extraordinary soprano soloist, Sandra Gayer will be taking part.
A poignant, very-personal-to Westerham, evening of poetry, songs, readings and personal letters from ‘The Front’ to Westerham, to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Fifty of Westerham’s sons, husbands and fathers were either killed in action or lost through illness or their wounds. This evening is a tribute to them and to the Westerham women who took over jobs they had never imagined they would have to do. They worked in garages, factories and fields, nursing and supporting shattered men, whilst coping with their own fears for their menfolk, their community and the future.
Those listed as killed ranged in age from 18 year old George Walter Allen from Mill Street to 46 year old Ambrose Langley Hunt from Westerham Hill. 19 of the Westerham fallen were married men, a further 10 were aged 21 years or younger, and remarkably, two were ordained priests.
The poppy installation in the Churchyard will honour each of Westerham’s fallen with individual commemorative plaques. It is presented by Westerham Town Partnership, with thanks to sponsors Westerham Town Council and Westerham Society
Doors open 7pm when canapés and a glass will be served. Tickets £22 and £17 click here. Or drop in ticket purchase help from Ibbett Mosely.
Light a candle, each with a poppy pebble, painted by Churchill School pupils £1
Narrators: Stephen Bridges, Lynne Proudfoot, Christine Cusick
All Officers: Matthew Strange; Blanche Warde: Fiona Spearing; Rev. Sydney Le Mesurier: David Whitmore
Readings: Marril Gibson, Rosemary Pearson, Katy Secombe, Andy Leather
Singers: Sandra Gayer (Orpheus Alumni) Katy Secombe
Bugler: Steven Fletcher; Organ & Piano: Michael Barlow
Thank you to our sponsors and helpers:
The Courtyard, James Millard EA, Wolfe Garage, The Grasshopper on the Green,
Ibbett Mosely, Churchill School, our volunteers and of course St Mary’s Church