Tuesday, 1st September 2015

Tributes to the fallen as Radnorshire remembers

Thousands of people across Radnorshire and Powys paid homage to the fallen of wars past and present on Remembrance Sunday.

Hundreds of people took part in ceremonies at war memorials in towns and villages around the county in the annual tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

In Llandrindod Wells, members of the Royal British Legion (RBL), representatives of local organisations and many individuals took part in the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph.

Dozens paraded from RBL headquarters, led by the town’s Silver Band, to join with those at the Cenotaph, where RBL president Ted Jones and the Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Jeff Green, led the poppy wreath-laying.

Afterwards, they took the salute as the parade marched back to RBL headquarters.

The service was led by the Rev Ian Rees, the branch padre.

At St Padarn’s Church in Crossgates, the annual Remembrance Day service was led by the Llandrindod Wells branch of the RBL on Sunday afternoon.

Three children from Crossgates Primary School laid a poppy wreath and crosses during the service. They were Abigail Durant, Jeremy Owen and Charlie Lewis.

The service was led by Canon Andrew Loat, assisted by Rev Ian Rees, the Very Reverend Geriant Hughes, Rev John Davies and Rev Chis Bowler.

The bugle players were William Davies and Obie Davies. Also in attendance were Hamish Stonebridge, standard bearer and chairman of Llandrindod Wells RBL, Mary Brickley, RBL Women’s Section standard bearer, Dia Davies, Idris Davies, Ralph Speake, Wyndham Evans and Councillor Philip Knill.

The Remembrance service at Penybont War Memorial was led by Canon Andrew Loat, assisted by the Very Rev Geraint Hughes.

The Exhortation was read by Idris Davies and the Kohima Epitaph by David Davies, who is a survivor of that battle. Stephen Williams acted as steward.

Some of the young people of the village, led by Tomos Beach, read out the names on the memorial. The youngsters were Ffion and Dylan Owen, Rob and Esme Doherty, Merlyn Hawthorne, and Ian, Alison and Rory Brown.

The Community Council wreath was laid by Alison Lawrence.

Other wreaths were laid by David Davies for the Llandrindod branch of the RBL, Idris Davies on behalf of Rock Chapel and Bryan Johnson for Llandegley Church.

Coffee was served in the Severn Arms after the service.

At Builth Wells, members of the Royal British Legion and representatives of many local organisations took part in the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph, following a service in St Mary’s Church.

The service was conducted by the Rev Brian Reardon and Father Neil Hook, and the Rev Geoff Cable of Kington gave the address.

Following the church service, the parade moved off to join with those at the town’s Cenotaph at the Groe, where the Mayor of Builth Wells, Councillor Meryl Prynne, led the poppy wreath-laying ceremony, followed by Royal British Legion branch president John Probert and RBL Women’s Section representative Joan Murray.

They were followed by a party of eight pupils from Llanelwedd Primary School, accompanied by headmaster Adam Shearman and teacher Hanna Nottle.

The youngsters who laid the wreath on behalf of the children and staff of the school were Lauren and Chloe Kinsey Owen, Keegan and Keely McGing, Leilani and Rhys Gethin, Scarlett Gealy and Rhys Adshead.

A large number of people gathered at the War Memorial in Presteigne for the annual Remembrance Sunday service, led by Parade Marshall David Preece.

Rev Stephen Hollingshurst prayed for those who had fallen in armed conflict, and a two minutes’ silence was held before the laying of the wreaths.

Wreaths were laid by Presteigne and Norton Town Council, The Royal Navy, Air Force and Artillery, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, the Territorial Army, Presteigne Royal British Legion branch, club and women’s section, the Kings Shropshire Regiment, the Fire Service, the Royal Horse Artillery, local scouts and the Army Cadets.

Afterwards, the parade marched through the streets of Presteigne for a service at St Andrew’s Church.

Several people gathered at the War Memorial in the village of Norton for the Remembrance Day service.

The Rev Gordon Mansfield led a small service and a two minutes’ silence before two wreaths were laid. Councillor Paul Robinson laid one on behalf of Presteigne and Norton Town Council and Sylvia Davies laid one for Gunner Jack Bodenham from The Hazels in Norton, who died in the Second World War.

A service followed in the church, where Rev Mansfield told the congregation that on November 11 at 11am, the ceasefire took place in Europe to mark the end of the First World War, exactly 94 years to the day.

A short service of remembrance took place on Sunday at the war memorial in the churchyard at Gladestry. Men from Gladestry, Colva and Michaelchurch who lost their lives in the two great wars were remembered, together with others who have died serving their country or who have been severely physically or mentally maimed.

Robert McGough laid a tribute on behalf of the Turner family, Mrs Ann James laid a tribute on behalf of Stanley Duggan’s family and Mrs Sian Waugh laid a tribute on behalf of Gladestry WI.

Eight year-old Thea Cosgrove laid a tribute on behalf of the young people and Col Peter Mayes (retd) led the time of remembrance.

Knighton saw the largest turnout for many years when several hundred people gathered at Knighton Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day parade and service.

A completely new service took place under the auspices of Knighton & District Churches Together, in which all the various town ministers took part, and wreaths were laid by 15 local organisations.

The large parade to the Cenotaph was led by Knighton town crier Councillor Derrick Price MBE and Knighton Silver Town Band under parade marshal Dave Bennett.

The salute was taken by the chairman of Knighton Royal British Legion, Brigadier Andrew MacLaughlin, together with Knighton’s Mayor and Junior Mayor.

The Last Post and Reveille was played at the Cenotaph by Knighton Town Band’s bugler and the names of the fallen were read out by Mr Heakin.

In St Edward’s Church, lessons were read by Brigadier MacLaughlin and Ian Burgin, with all the town’s ministers taking part.