World War 1 Centenary Commemoration

Fairfield Community came together for Sunday’s (November 11) Commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day.
In a  service  led by Rev Neil Whitmill of Fairfield Community Church more than 500 residents heard readings from Cubs, Evie Morris and Jacob Keddie and from Mrs Pauline Wade before the playing of the Last Post by 16-year-old trumpeter Ben Watson and the lowering to half mast of the Union Jack. It culminated in the lighting of the beacon by Mrs Suki Barhey, which was one of more than a 1,000 lit by towns and villages throughout the Country. The service ended with a specially adapted song sung by more than 100 pupils from Fairfield Park Lower School.
A collection for the Royal British Legion raised £400 while the morning service held by Fairfield Community Church raised a further £250.
There was also an exhibition of artefacts from the Three Counties Asylum together with memories of relatives of people from Fairfield in the Community Hall.
The Parish Council would like to thank all members of the committee formed to organise the event for making the evening such a poignant one. To the Rev Neil Whitmill for conducting the service, and also to Arthur Creighton for creating the PowerPoint presentation, and piper John McKenna.
We would also like to thank the head and teachers of Fairfield Park Lower School for not only giving up their time in attending but in making the commemoration more purposeful and respectful to those that gave up their lives for us all.