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Caverswall Historical Society is to host a 'Homage to Heroes' weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

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Organisers are asking relatives to come forward with information about the fallen soldiers listed on the village war memorial ahead of the commemorations on August 3.

A candle will be lit for each of the men in St Peter's Church, Caverswall.

'Homeage to Heroes' is a four day Flower Festival from August 1 to 4 to commemorate 'all who served' during 'The Great War' and acknowledges the Home Front as well as those who went away to serve.

It is led with the support of local community groups, and funded by local sponsors.

The Church will be decorated with 23 floral displays created by local floral artists; each display will interpret lines from war and remembrance poems.

Details of the men who gave their lives will be recorded on a number of wall hangings and there will be a display of war memorabilia and a selection of family treasures.

The church will be open on Friday, August 1, 10am to 8pm; Saturday, August 2, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, August 3, 12:30pm to 6pm; Monday, August 4, 10am to 7pm; Saturday 2 August 7.30pm.

The Trentham Brass Band, will be in concert in the Church performing a programme of music from the period. Tickets cost £5.

On Sunday 3 August a service of commemoration will be held in the Church at 7pm.

A Scarecrow Competition led by the Caverswall and Cookshill WI will run throughout the four days, alongside traditional rides around the village in a horse drawn carriage.

An anthology of Poems of Remembrance, entitled 'Where Ghosts March Side By Side' by local poet Dorothy Bassett will be on sale.

Children of the village schools will decorate the tree in the square with a Poppies tribute.

An English Oak tree has already been donated and dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

The proceeds will be divided between the Royal British Legion and St Peter's Church.

For further details contact Kathleen Rogers, chairman of the Homage to Heroes Committee, on

01583 360880 or email at katyrog146@btinternet.com

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