Remembrance Sunday in Draycott-in-the-Moors

This year Armistice Day (November 11th) falls on a Sunday, meaning that any events or services will have an added significance.
Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday will be one and the same this year.

Though churches are strongly involved, many individuals and organisations also make their own observance, and mark the two minutes silence at 11am in their own way.
If you do not have a poppy yet, and wish to buy one,  they are on sale at the Izaak Walton Pub on Cresswell Lane.

At Draycott Moor College  (see photo below) they have created their own commemorative display.

Remembrance Day poppies at Draycott College

Draycott College put up its Remembrance Day display a week ago. Poppies and a cross have been placed on the main gate.


However, as you’d expect, the two churches in Draycott-in-the-Moors will be also playing their part too.

At St Margaret’s CoE Parish Church, there will be a dedicated service at 10am, to which all are welcome. No doubt a wreath will be placed in front of the war memorial plaque, which is on one of the walls inside the church. It remembers those men and women from the area who died in the two world wars.

At St Mary Catholic Church, not only is the two-minute silence observed, there is also the traditional blessing of the graves.  Some of the graves in St Mary’s churchyard already have poppies placed on them.

Graves at St Mary's

Graves at St Mary’s ready for Remembrance Day

The grave that is decorated here is actually of the ashes of Aileen Roberts  (nee Moore). She left this part of the world, handing over the role of St Mary’s organist, at the start of the war – but died down in Cornwall last year.

St Mary’s churchyard also contains an official war–grave – that of the young Bede Vavasour, an airman who was just nineteen when he died.

Grave of Bede Vavasour

Grave of Bede Vavasour at St Mary’s Church, showing the RAF badge and its motto ‘Per Ardua ad Astra’

Bede came from a distinguished line. The Vavasour family, who were Catholics, were the local lords of the manor dating back to the 17th century.

If you are aware of Remembrance Day events in, or around, Draycott, please use the Comments box below to mention them.


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