June saw the unveiling of a new war memorial in the parish – honouring those from Pensax and Stockton who died in the first and second world wars. This was the fruit of David Blakeway-Smith’s persistent work and passionate commitment to having a place – not just a time in the year – where these men could be remembered and where their families could visit.
The memorial itself is a wonderful example of art, not being of predictable design and so making the visitor stop and ponder, as well as pay respects. David is keen that the memorial will be an inspiration for peace in that way. He managed to involve the children of many schools, both in the research of the stories of the men (copies of the books with these stories are now in Pensax and Stockton churches), and in the service of dedication on June 2nd, when the children added their voices in song. The service, conducted by the Bishop, was a memorable and moving occasion, concluded with an aerial drop of poppies from a bi-plane flying overhead as we sang ‘Jerusalem’.
Do take time to visit the memorial, it is opposite The Bell at Pensax.
If you are interested in any of the activities we are either highlighting, or putting on in the parish to commemorate the start of world war I, please see the leaflets at the back of our churches.
Rev’d Louise Grace