Families Unite to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I

On Saturday 28 June two branches of the Colbert family (D’Arcy and Cluny), relations of W Fensome, HV Collins, JG Haynes, W Sanford, JA Marshall and F Currington, all families of the fallen on the War Memorials of Offord Cluny and Offord D’Arcy were united by the Friends of St Peter’s Offord D’Arcy as part of their commemorative exhibition.

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The Colbert Family together

The Friends had placed adverts in the local papers asking for information and a number came forward from as far a field as Chichester and Leicester.  The family members contributed personal memorabilia including several photographs of their fallen relatives, medals and “death” pennies.  During the afternoon we were able to link up branches of family members of men on the War Memorials who had not previously known each other.  They were joined by members of the Western Front Association, a researcher into the Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalion, a local collector, an impressive range of models of WWI military aircraft, tanks and ships, a display from the Wyton Heritage Centre showing Wyton as a WWI airfield, plus many fascinating and historically relevant items loaned by the community and displayed by the Friends.  Both county and district councillors were in attendance as well as a representative from the Churches Conservation Trust.  St Peter’s, Offord D’Arcy, is a redundant church vested in the Churches Conservation Trust.  The Friends of St Peter’s support the use of the church for cultural and social purposes and the occasional church service.

 

A view of the church

A view of the church

WWI Commemoration Exhibition

Saturday 28th June 1 pm to 5 pm – WWI Memorabilia Exhibition

We have had a positive response to all the publicity that was carried out in the local press earlier in the year and from this we are delighted to have made contact with several more relatives of the men on the War Memorials.  We are pleased to confirm that they will be providing further military memorabilia as well as their own memories of their relatives.

 

The Hunts Cyclists Battalion will be joined by the Western Front Association in a display. They will also provide Help Sessions where people can bring in items, medals, photos, documents for identification, discussion and advice with their family research etc.  Also we are very pleased that Barry Jobling will again show some of his wonderful collection; to which he has added new items.

 

In addition, the Pathfinders Museum plan to show aerial photos of RAF Wyton when it was a Royal Flying Corps training unit in 1916, various medals and training notes, and they hope to have some reconnaissance imagery taken over the Western Front together with other associated material.  There will also be a Village Display of varied and interesting items, together with a Home Front section.

 

Parking will be available on the adjacent archery field for the entire afternoon.

Huntingdonshire Guitar Ensemble

 

Guitar Concert

 

The Friends of St Peter’s were pleased to welcome the Huntingdonshire Guitar Ensemble to a concert in the church on Saturday 14 June.  The audience were entertained with a varied programme of music arranged for guitar, flute and voice.

Calendar Dates for 2015

Friends of St Peter’s Church Diary dates for 2015

Saturday 30th May 9:30am Big Clean
Saturday 6th June 7:30pm Music Through the Ages, a concert by Tapestry Singers
Friday 12th June FOSP AGM
Sunday 28th June 6pm Songs of Praise (Provisional date)
Sat & Sun 12th & 13th September National Heritage Open Days
Saturday 19th September Autumn Leaves, a concert by Theresa Goble and Friends
Sunday 18th October Craft Fair
Wednesday 11th November 10:45 Armistice Wreath Laying
Sunday in December 4pm Carols by Candlelight

 

World War II Exhibition

Visitors and WW2 enthusiasts crowded into St Peter’s church Offord D’Arcy on Saturday 9 November to enjoy a fine Memorabilia Exhibition.  The Friends of St Peter’s hosted the Pathfinder Collection and local collectors, together with villagers who displayed a wide variety of family mementos pertaining to the 1939-45 conflict.

Here are some pictures of the event

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The entrance of the church

 

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The RAF Pathfinder museum exhibit

 

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A view down the church

 

 

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Another view down the church

 

 

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The RAF Pathfinder display boards close up.

If you look closely you can see the RAF Gravely exhibit

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A stall with a number of touching pictures painted during the war

 

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Committee member Liz Howes admires The Pathfinder exhibit

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View from the organ loft

 

 

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Other exhibits

 

 

 

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Autumn Craft fair review

Autumn Craft Fair – Sunday 20th October 2013

 

After a very wet morning the sun came out and brought along visitors to the Craft Fair, who all enjoyed browsing and purchasing early Christmas presents from the lovely variety of craft stalls, which had set up earlier in the morning.  It was encouraging to see the Church full of visitors for the whole afternoon and all the stall holders were delighted to sell so many of their homemade craft items.

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We had a wide range of stalls, many of the stall holders being “regulars” from previous Christmas Craft Fairs, plus a few new craft stalls.  On talking to both stall holders and visitors, all confirmed how much they enjoyed the event and would like us to organise another Craft Fair in the autumn again next year.

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Despite a lot of hard work in the organisation and setting up an event of this kind, the results are very worthwhile when we see the Church being used and enjoyed by so many people.

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These photos show how the church was adapted to accommodate the different types of stalls and how we fit them all in so that everyone has plenty of display space.

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Craft fair pictures

Sunday’s craft was a real success!

 

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The church was full of colourful craft stalls.

 

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This stall was selling some beautiful hand made pens.

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This stall was in aid of Guide dogs for the blind.

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A view of the church from the organ loft

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A view towards the door

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World War Two Memorabilia Exhibition

Saturday 9th November 1:30pm to 4:00pm

 The Friends of St Peter’s Church will be holding a World War II Exhibition with a display of family wartime possessions, medals, items of uniform, photos, log books, letters, demob papers, citations etc; in fact, anything to do with the Second World War.  We are planning for exhibitors to bring along their precious articles and  to stay with them for the afternoon; to explain and share their stories associated with their exhibits.

 Additionally, there will be an interesting display by the Pathfinder Force Museum based at RAF Wyton.

 This exhibition will be held in the beautiful setting of St Peter’s Church with its many fine features and dating from the Norman period.

 Refreshments will be available during the afternoon.  Free parking will be available on the nearby adjacent field.  Free entry to the Exhibition.

 For any one interested in the Second World War and looking at its interesting artifacts that have been kept safely and mean so much to family members, then this is the ideal opportunity to come to this exhibition.

 Contact details:  Jenny Griffiths  01480 811126   griffaljen@aol.com

Autumn Craft Fair

Sunday 20th October 2013   12.00 pm to 4.00 pm

This popular craft fair is an ideal opportunity to start your Christmas shopping, so come along to the beautiful setting of St Peter’s Church during the afternoon and beat the festive rush of present buying.  Support the talent of local craft makers and charities.

There will be a variety of traditional local handmade craft stalls selling jewellery, beautiful cards, papercraft gifts, sewing items, homemade preserves and many other craftware.   Refreshments will be available, including  hot homemade soup & rolls, cakes, cookies, etc and hot mulled wine.  Parking is available in the adjacent field.  Free entry to the craft fair.

 Contact details:  Jenny Griffiths  01480 811126   griffaljen@aol.com

Churches and Chapels on the Air

On Saturday 14 September members of Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society visited St Peter’s church to take part in the Churches and Chapels on the Air (CHOTA).  They erected two aerials in the churchyard and set up a transmitter and receiver in the north aisle of the church where they made contact with other radio amateurs.

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In the six hours they were on the air they contacted 71 other radio stations around the UK and into Europe.

They ranged from Caithness in the far north of Scotland, to Harwich in the East and St Keverne in the west of Cornwall.

They had seven contacts around Europe, two in Germany, one in the northwest and the other in Bonn, one in Brittany in France, one in Kolding in Denmark and three in the Netherlands, Delft, Ermelo and the most easterly Ede.

Ten of the UK stations contacted were also taking part in CHOTA, two of which were in cathedrals in Brecon and Christ Church Oxford.

CHOTA is organised by members of The World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners (WACRAL) as a means of assisting participating churches and chapels in advertising their presence and attracting visitors within the world wide amateur radio community and beyond, in essence Amateur Radio assisting on behalf of the Christian community.

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Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society (HARS) participate in this type of activity throughout the year for other organisations with similar events, for example Wind and Water Mills on the Air (MOTA), International Museums Weekend (IMW) and Railways on the Air (ROTA).

 

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