Palterton school Remembrance Day parade 2011

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Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

The heading above, 11 - 11 - 11 - 11, denotes the 11th. hour of the 11th. day of the 11th. month of the 11th. year (2011).

Image of Peace poppies
During the early part of the 2011 Autumn term at the Palterton Primary School, the new Headteacher Mrs Ros. Horsley assisted by the energetic school secretary Mrs Julie Whittaker made a decision and started planning for a Remembrance Service with the children and teachers taking active participation.  Plans were discussed with Revd. 'Tony' Bell of Scarcliffe Parish Church and early preparations were commenced.  Clearly their aim was, "if you fail to plan, your plan will fail".

Image copy of an Invitation document distributed courtesy of Palterton Junior School

Image showing Revd. Anthony Lawson Bell of Scarcliffe P.C.(Father Tony) leading the short service.
Image of the lower part of the War memorial depicting the lives of the men of Palterton who lost their lives 
during WW1 and WW2.  Note a newer plaque, but look closely and you can see where the old original lead letters have been removed.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem written during the First World War on May 3, 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer,
who died during the Second Battle of Ypres.

An actual image of poppies in Flanders fields

An old image of spring Bluebells in Blue Bell Wood - to denote new life of nature in the season of Spring


Image of a wreath, which from the time of ancient Greece has been seen as the circle of eternal life.

About 08.30 a.m. on Thursday, 7 November 2013, I left my home in Greater Manchester (Reddish) to travel to Palterton, having been invited by the Head teacher Mrs Ros. Horsley to be present when the village school children paraded for their annual Remembrance parade.  The weather was bright early morning sunshine with a chill in the air.  My journey took me through some lovely Derbyshire countyside, where the Autumn colours of the trees and fields were at their best.

Upon arrival at Palterton, I could not help but notice how the village continues to change.  The row of houses known as Thirteen Row, built circa. 1888 has been demolished and the vacant plot of land is no doubt awaiting the building of newer larger expensive housing.  THESE LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS WILL GO ELSEWHERE.

Palterton School Remembrance Day parade 2011


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Created 12 November 2011
Last updated: 7 November 2013