It has almost been 100 years since the First World War ended on 11th November 1918. To mark the milestone, and to remember the brave servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom, there was a commemoration held on The Castle grounds this morning, 30th October 2018.


The Bude & Stratton Branch of the Royal British Legion organised the event in collaboration with Bude-Stratton Town Council.


The Bude & Stratton Branch of the Royal British legion created a ‘Field of Remembrance’ on The Castle lawns, adding small wooden crosses to signify and honour the men from Bude who had fallen in the war.


In addition, Bude-Stratton Town Council placed representative silhouette figures at the periphery of the Field of Remembrance, to signify those involved in war and to think about Armed Forces today.


The silhouette figures were gifted to Bude-Stratton Town Council as part of the There But Not There Project, which is organised and funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

This project has been described by the There But Not There organisers as “the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.”


Mayor Bob Willingham led proceedings at the commemoration this morning and spoke proudly of the men and women from Bude who served not only in the First World War, but also in World War Two.


He said during his speech, “Bude’s war memorial on Shalder Hill was unveiled in 1922. Inscribed with the names of the 64 men from Bude that did not come home from ‘The Great War’. A further 38 names were added to the memorial following World War Two.


“With each passing generation, I hope that we can remember our yesterdays and look forward to our tomorrows and that we remember with humility, all those who fought, in every war or conflict and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the liberty we have now.


He then handed over to Deacon Debbie Marsh, the Chaplain for the British Legion, for a blessing.


Poppy Appeal Organiser Godfrey Harrison said of the event, “The commemoration held today and the Field of Remembrance we have organised is not just in remembrance of those who served in World War One, but in all conflicts to date. It also includes all armed forces and civil forces organisations and associations. No one is forgotten.”


Godfrey and all at the Bude & Stratton Branch of the Royal British Legion have invited the public to add their own small wooden crosses to the Field of Remembrance. The crosses are available to purchase from the main Post Office and the Trading Post, both in Belle Vue, for a suggested minimum donation of £2. All are welcome to add a cross, until the 12th November 2018.


As for Bude-Stratton Town Council, they have offered the There But Not There silhouette figures to local places of worship to use in future commemorations and tributes to the fallen.


In addition to the commemoration this morning, the Archive Team at The Castle are complementing the Bude-Stratton Old Cornwall Society Exhibition with a presentation of information and memorabilia celebrating the end of World War I in memory of local people who served their country at home and abroad. This exhibition takes place in The Willoughby Gallery and The Blanchminster Room at The Castle in Bude. Thursday 8th November – Tuesday 27th November 2018. Free Entry.


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes awards and grants to projects that support the Armed Forces Community. You can find out more about their work at www.covenantfund.org.uk.

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