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1918 and All that
We commemorated a number of anniversaries in April. As you will know 2018 is 100 years since the end of the Great War and we shall mark that in November at this year’s Remembrance Sunday service. It is also the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the RAF and of course 100 years since women were given the right to vote. Pete Clarke and his band of volunteers spent the day transforming the Parish Hall. As originally an army barracks room from Salisbury Plain, the Hall building is also nearly 100 years old. Pete is a great one for authenticity and detail and as we approached the hall it was entered through a genuine Anderson Shelter, reconstructed in situ. Passing through the shelter we were taken back in time further to a replica of a WW1 Trench complete with sandbags, graffiti, firing step and trench periscope and sound effects. And that was just the entrance hall!
The hall proper had been decorated with many yards of bunting, lighting and a camouflage net with silhouettes military aircraft above us on the ceiling. There were also two huge flags that, judging by their respective sizes, wouldn’t have looked out of place on a destroyer or an aircraft carrier! Sue had prepared a feast of Spam,
spam, more spam and corned beef, all supplemented by delicious homemade bread. Early rationing meant that in fact for the hungry ones there was a second helping!
A copy of the Wipers Times was on every table and having read the topical stories it was on to singing the topical songs accompanied by Bawdrip’s Little House Band and friends singing along to the classics such as ‘Its a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Where did you get that hat’! Thank you to all who supported the event, especially to those who set up and cleared away! Thanks to all your efforts, £145 was raised for Help for Heroes. And we mentioned attention to detail – peering through the periscope a howitzer and gun crew were visible.
 
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