Project: Community Events

Two Community Events were organised during the project. The first was a WW1 Remembrance Service, held in St Gregory’s Catholic Church on Friday 20th November at 2pm. The Church was packed with children, parents, members of the local community and invited guests who played an active part in the service.

Children from three participating primary schools had had music workshops prior to the event where they had learnt songs from the WW1 era. The service was led by Rev Geoff Bentley from Aintree Village Family Church, who gave each child a copy of The Gospel According to St John which was given to soldiers in active service 1914 – 1918. Young people from three local high schools sang, danced and played instruments, and also helped with recording the event. Community leaders such as the MP for Maghull, the Police Inspector for East Sefton and School Nurses read suitable poems and The Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers gave a moving rendition of “In Flanders Fields”.

As the names of the fallen from Lydiate were read out, they were represented by children carrying lit candles, and a young bugler played “The Last Post”. Representatives from all schools laid poppy wreaths which were later taken to the War memorial at St Thomas’s Church. It was a fitting tribute to those who had died and fought in the Great War.

You can enjoy audio clips from the event by clicking here and you can see the programme in the Downloads section on the main page of the WW1 Lydiate Project.

The second community event was an invitation to all members of the community to hear a talk on “Lydiate’s Great War” given by Pam Russell, local historian, on Wednesday 26th November 2016. Visitors were invited to bring along any personal artefacts or stories they had, and other local historians did the same. This was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and share stories. The event was attended by about 25 people. You can see some of them looking at collections in the photographs below.