Patriotism helps to mark start of World War One

St Patrick's World War One event
St Patrick's World War One event

Patriotism, pride and community spirit were the ingredients of a sparkling commemorative social event in Nuthall which has raised more than £1,600 for the Help For Heroes charity.

The special initiative, an afternoon tea, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, took place in St Patrick’s Church Hall where appropriately 100 guests gathered.

Co-ordinated by St.Patrick’s Wednesday Club, led by members Diane Fletcher and Margaret Squire, in collaboration with Nuthall and District History Society, the event was notable for its outstanding programme of entertainment and poignant reminiscences.

Playing their parts in the success were singing quartet Rachel King, Richard and Sarah Potts and Alexandra Hazard, while pianist Greg Maskalick and guitarist Michael Shrimpling made worthy contributions, as did history society chairman Spencer Spooner in his role of compere.

The “fab four” served up a masterclass in choral singing with opera classics and showstopping numbers before Richard Potts led a sing-a-long of wartime favourites.

A stunning war memorial created by Richard Squire and John Fletcher, a display of First World War paintings by Brinsley Art Group members (which were later sold for the cause) an exhibition mounted by the history society, impressive floral arrangements created by Barbara Ball and a display of aeroplanes (on the ceiling) were all part of the event.

Neil Gribby a former Royal Marine and Falklands veteran paid a glowing tribute to fallen heroes and to those who laid their lives on the line in conflicts past and present.

Following a minute’s silence and the singing of the National Anthem, the Wednesday Club team proceeded to serve up a lavish treat with a beautifully prepared afternoon tea.

Nuthall Parish Council Chairman Philip Owen in a “thank-you” speech hailed the Wednesday Club team as “the real stars”..

“In recent years the group has put on various events in support of good causes and this “superlative” World War One tribute has outshone them all,” he said.

Seventy men from Nuthall fought in the 1st World War, ten of which died. Two of them are buried in St.Patrick’s Churchyard.