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A day to remember, reflect and to celebrate

On Sunday 11th November a large crowd gathered at the Buckland Brewer War memorial to commence an annual service of dedication, this time specifically to those from WW1 who “gave their today for our tomorrow”. A packed church, with a service led by Minister Rob Blackhall, raised 93 knitted poppies in acknowledgement of our debt to those of yesteryear.
There followed in the Buckland Brewer Hall a delicious light lunch for parishioners, free to all (donations to Royal British Legion made afterwards). Approximately 120 people lunched together. And finally, when tables were cleared, adults and children of the parish presented a tableau of popular songs and poems of the era, and readings, dedicated to their relatives who served during those momentous times.
None of this could have happened without a wide community spirit. It seems inappropriate to mention names simply because the list is so long, and without so many pairs of hands and working together, the vision for the day would simply have remained a vision. However that vision belonged to Janet Few and Lyn Layton of the Buckland Brewer History Group in the first instance, Janet being a prominent local historian in her own right. Much research was carried out beforehand to produce the names and provenance of the 93.
The knitted poppies have been placed in the churchyard, near the road, for public viewing. Those rimmed with black are for the fallen, and purple ones represent animals, especially the valiant horses (Joey of Michael Morpugo’s “War Horse” immediately springs to mind).
On behalf of the community may I express my thanks to everyone who took part and supported the event. We are unlikely to see another like it for quite a while.

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Buckland Brewer Christmas Market

When? - Saturday 1st December, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Where? - Buckland Brewer Hall AND the school next door.

Everything from delicious locally made chocolate and gifts for pets, to Father Christmas and seasonal food.

Want to be a stallholder? - contact Dawn on 01237 451822 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Flying High from the very Start

Have you ever thought about being a school governor?

Both Buckland Brewer Primary and Parkham Primary schools (joined together as the Flying Start Federation) are keen to appoint new governors to help run the school.

Interesting and demanding, this role will require a small amount of your time but makes great use of your previous experience, skills and knoweldge. The Governing Body of the Flying Start Federation, whilst friendly and supportive, is tasked with holding the school to account for the education it provides. Can you make a real difference to our chidlren's education experience?

To find out more, contact Head Teacher Mrs Gina Finch at either school - Buckland Brewer 01237 451315, or Parkhem 01237 451334.

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