Exhibition to reveal stories of Great War

A number of special events are planned at a Berwick church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Thursday, 1st November 2018, 14:12 pm
Revd Adam Hood at St Andrews in Wallace Green. Picture by Jane Coltman

St Andrew’s Wallace Green Church is hosting an exhibition on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, with a focus on the stories of local men and women who were affected by the Great War.

The exhibition reflects the work of a group of members drawn from both St Andrew’s and Berwick Methodist Church, under the guidance of town archivist Linda Bankier.

This will be followed from 2pm to 3.30pm with a Remembrance concert featuring Berwick Concert Band and a pop-up choir. The concert will include popular music and songs from the wars. There will be refreshments half-way through and an optional retiral offering will be for the work of the Royal British Legion.

The church will also be specially decorated with around 1,000 poppies knitted for the occasion.

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On Sunday, the 11am worship in St Andrew’s will be a joint service with Berwick Methodist Church.

Their joining together on this occasion has a historical resonance, since during the Great War, Methodists and Presbyterians in Berwick shared worship for a time.

The service will focus on remembering the human cost of war and the need to pray and act for peace.

Rev Adam Hood, Minister at St Andrew’s, said: “It’s quite a different way of approaching Remembrance.

“We’ve learnt lots of stories, including many with people with connections to families still in the town.

“Linda Bankier has discovered lots of really interesting things about people during the war, along with pictures and artefacts.

“There has also been an international dimension, particularly involving Canadian and Australian servicemen, as we’ve been able to discover more about.”

All events are free and all are welcome.