Remembrance Weekend 2018
The centenary of the armistice of World War One was recognised by the people of Crosscrake and neighbouring parishes with a splendid weekend of remembrance, service and celebration.
The brainchild of Sedgwick and Stainton Parish Councils, the weekend was hosted at Crosscrake Church.
Starting on Friday evening, a centenary celebration concert was given at Crosscrake Church by Burneside Brass Band. The concert was extremely well attended by a full audience and was enjoyed by all.
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On Saturday, the church was opened to the public for an exhibition of personal wartime memorabilia, showing the personal stories of local people and how they were individually affected by the first world war.
A slideshow of pictures, footage and songs of the era was projected onto the church wall throughout, adding the atmosphere of the time to the exhibition.
On Remembrance Sunday Morning, over 200 people gathered for a special service attended by the uniformed organisations and local parishioners. The service concluded with the two minutes silence followed by the last post at the cenotaph in the church grounds.
At twelve midday, the exhibition in the church reo-opened.
An early evening service was held, led by Rev Graham Skilling, with the schoolchildren of Crosscrake School and memories and reflections from Chris Day and David Willacy.
Following the service, the congregation proceeded to the field above the church for the last post and lighting of a beacon. On a cold November evening, everyobne then came back down to the church, where hot drinks and food were being served to all.
The whole weekend was a magnificent reflection on the community spirit which exists in Stainton and Sedgwick. Our thanks go to the two parish councils for organising it so well.