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St Mary's Church set to mark armistice centenary with trio of events

PUBLISHED: 09:40 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 06 November 2018

The Fall of Poppies from the pulpit of St Mary's Church was created by members of the Baldock Trefoil Guild. Picture: Baldock Trefoil Guild

The Fall of Poppies from the pulpit of St Mary's Church was created by members of the Baldock Trefoil Guild. Picture: Baldock Trefoil Guild

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St Mary's Church in Baldock is preparing for a trio of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Fall of Poppies from the pulpit of St Mary's Church was created by members of the Baldock Trefoil Guild. Picture: St Mary's ChurchThe Fall of Poppies from the pulpit of St Mary's Church was created by members of the Baldock Trefoil Guild. Picture: St Mary's Church

For the cenentary, the church will host a concert, commemorative service and be a part of the service at Baldock’s war memorial.

A church spokeswoman said: “St Mary’s Baldock is delighted to work with many other organisations in the town in highlighting this important national day.

“We are very keen to ensure that we remember the sacrifices made by those from the town who gave their lives.”

A Concert of Remembrancetide will take place on Friday from 7.30pm, and will see a host of musical offerings and readings.

Taking part will be local musicians Joseph Middleton on the piano, cellist Catherine Wilmers and organist Paul Herring.

The Knights Templar School choir and the Baldock Community choir will perform Faure’s Requiem, Elgar’s Nimrod, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu and Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables.

There will be a paid bar and complimentary canapes.

Tickets in advance cost £10 from ticketsource.co.uk/fosm or the Baldock Community Centre. They will also be available on the door for £12.

On Saturday, the church will be joined by members of the Royal British Legion Baldock branch and other local churches for a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the 1918 armistice.

There will be an opportunity to light a candle as a commitment to peace.

The service will begin at 3pm and refreshments will be served in the church hall afterwards.

Following the town’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Baldock War Memorial – which will start at 10.30am – the church bells will be rung by Knights Templar students, past and present.

Many of the students have taken up bell-ringing over the last year as part of the government’s 1,400 campaign to commemorate the 1,400 bell-ringers who give their lives in the First World War.

As well as these three memorial services, the church also welcomes visitors to come a see the pulpit fall, made up of 500 poppies knitted by the Trefoil Guild.

The poppies have been hand sewn on to the display with the Kohima Epitah woven over the top.

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