Thursday, October 25, 2018
We WILL Remember Them
Keynsham will honour the 89 men who served in the First World War in a weekend of poignant commemorations starting on Friday morning November 9.
At 10.30am children from local schools and representatives of community organisations, including the Royal British Legion and the Town Council, will gather at the War Memorial at Keynsham Memorial Park. They will then walk to the Parish Church of St John’s for a one hour memorial service starting at 11.00am.
During the service there will be WW1 poems and readings as well as performances of WW1 songs by the children of Chandag Junior School and the Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir, led by Grenville Jones.
This is an open event which is being publicised widely across the town and a packed church is anticipated that morning. There will be over 120 children from Chandag Junior School and St John’s Primary School as well as 60 members of the choir and families representing those who gave their lives 100 years ago.
In recent weeks thousands of poppies have been knitted in a project led by Keynsham in Bloom. From that morning onwards the poppies will be draped from the tower of St John’s Church.
Two special WW1 medleys will be sung during the service. These are part of the Golden-Oldies Charity schools intergenerational programme which recently won the national accolade of Education Category winner in the 2018 National Lottery Awards. As well as being leader of the afternoon choir Grenville is the founder of the Golden-Oldies Charity which has two popular Sing&Smile sessions in the town and over 160 across England and Wales.
At the conclusion of the service 89 members of the audience (including school children) will bring forward wooden crosses as a mark of respect for those local men who served their town and country.
Our picture shows Grenville receiving the National Lottery award from celebrity soprano Katherine Jenkins in September.
Please note : if weather inclement everyone will go straight to the church for 11.00am.
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934.