St Mary’s Church, Greasley remembrance service

Doreen Lockett ( left) with family members Ian and Sue Booth
Doreen Lockett ( left) with family members Ian and Sue Booth

More than sixty men and women from Greasley and District who sacrificed their lives in the Great War were lovingly remembered by parishioners at St.Mary’s Church on Monday.

The church staged a worthy tribute to the fallen heroes with an exhibition, a wall of poppies, poetry, music and drama, and an evening service of remembrance.

Months of planning and preparation by church stalwarts John and Winifred Timby and supportive volunteers resulted in a fantastic exhibition which earned glowing praise.

MP and Minister of Defence Anna Soubry described the exhibition as ‘Poignant, patriotic and perfect’.

She added: “We have witnessed something special and all credit to Mr and Mrs Timby and their vast army of helpers for putting together visual displays, exhibits, and memorabilia that has touched the hearts of one and all.”

The church’s Vicar Revd. Dave Marvin led a special service of remembrance to commemorate the beginning of the First World War.

He said: “The hours of work and attention to the finest detail has been admirable and the church is proud of those who have contributed to what has been something really special.”

Organiser Mr. Timby praised pupils and staff from five local schools for their contributions - Awsworth Primary, Brookhill Lees Primary,Priory Catholic Academy,GiltHill, and Greasley Beauvale,

The schools were seen in visual displays while archive material, music and drama added to the success of a thought-provoking and meaningful tribute to those who gave their lives for the freedom of others.