OPEN CHURCHES WEEK AT ST. ANDREW'S 2014
Open Churches Week saw the unveiling of the first of the displays about wartime Ryburgh and the soldiers whose names are inscribed on the "Think and Thank" screen.
The exhibition included detailed research about the soldiers and their families as well as information about what the soldiers took to war in the way of equipment and mementos.
The display about wartime food revealed how conditions changed between 1914 and 1918.
Children enjoyed the stone rubbing activity as well as the I-spy game based on the "Think and Thank" screen.
What has the angel got in her hands? Where else in the church are there angels?
A demonstration of fine embroidery launched the strand of the HLF project dedicated to the recreation of WW1 silk embroidered cards.
On Sunday, 3rd August the St. Andrew's Singers sang Evensong at a special service taken by The Revd. Roger Hawkins and attended by the descendants of William Barker.
The following day, the centenary of the outbreak of war, four candles were lit as we remembered the countries north, east, south and west who were affected by the First World War. One by one the candles were extinguished, leaving the church in total darkness. "The lamps are going out all over Europe." (Edward Grey)
At the end of Open Churches Week the tone changed from one of solemnity to thinking about how those in wartime Ryburgh and elsewhere would have kept up their spirits when times were difficult.
On the Saturday Open Tower Morning saw some 25 prospective bellringers gathering in the tower to discover what ringing is all about. How encouraging for the ringers to see young talent!
On the Saturday evening some 60 people attended the "Pack up your Troubles" evening which was generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The event began with a wartime meal: beef stew and traditional puddings.
Diners were issued with a "mess tin" and a spoon, this being a treasured item for the soldiers of the First World War and generally marked with their regimental number.
The puddings included traditional fare such as treacle tart, trifle, rice pudding and apple tart, all of which featured in the cook books of the war years.
Then there was the singing, led by David Saunders of Wells. "Pack up your Troubles" was just one of the many First World War songs that were sung that evening.
One person who knew all the words of the songs without having to look at the sheet was Mrs. Ruby Ford, niece of Stanley Curson and now aged 101 years. It was such a privilege to have her with us for our special WW1 commemorative event.
Stanley Curson's name is inscribed on the WW1 memorial screen that is soon to be conserved with funds made available to us by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Stanley was born in Great Ryburgh in 1897, joined the Norfolk Regiment in 1916 and was killed in Palestine in 1917 when Ruby was aged 4 years.
We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for helping our village to play an active part in the country's national World War 1 commemorations. Many thanks too to the researchers, flower arrangers, bell ringers, musicians, cooks and so many others who made Open Churches Week such a memorable occasion this year. We now look forward to 2015 when the screen will have been conserved and we will welcome everyone back to see the "Think and Thank" screen with 100 years rolled away!
2nd – 10th AUGUST
Free entry 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. every day
WW1 displays, local history, activities & light meals.
See our collection of silk embroidered cards and stitch one!
I-spy and stone rubbing for children.
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING THE WEEK:
Sunday 3rd: 6 p.m. Sung Evensong
Monday, 4th: Church open until 9.45 p.m. for quiet reflection
Saturday, 9th: 10 a.m. Open Tower Morning
– discover what bell ringing is all about!
Sat. 9th: 6 pm “Pack up your Troubles”
An evening of WW1 song with WW1 style meal
Song sheets will be provided!
Tickets: £5 from 01328 829413 or the Ryburgh Shop