With five months to go to the general election, some of us will be getting excited by thoughts of intense political engagement and others will be wanting to find the equivalent of a pillow to hide our heads under until all the argument has died down. And I suppose the majority of us fall somewhere inbetween .
Of course, we are in the middle of the party conference season; a time of heightened political debate when the key issues facing the nation are identified and all the parties add their often very diverse opinions on how to address the matters that really do have the ability to affect all our lives.
'Lights Out' commemoration at Euxton Methodist Church
During recent weeks the market town of Chorley displayed many beautiful willow statues of soldiers to compliment the dedication of its new memorial to the “Chorley Pals” lost in WW1. This inspired a local art group in Euxton to prepare artwork themed on this important point in history, and to develop plans to commemorate the sacrifices made during The Great War, one hundred years ago, by linking with the RBL national LIGHTS OUT event. Stuart Clewlow, a local historian and researcher, was campaigning to build a memorial in our village, and together with Euxton War Memorial Group, he organised a display at the village Gala Day. This caught the imagination of our joint churches group and a commemorative event and service was organised at Euxton Methodist Church at the time of the national event on Monday August 4th.
A display with photos and local memorabilia was arranged in the church hall, and following refreshments we moved quietly into church, and prepared to light our candles at 10pm. Rev Andrew Mashiter led a short but moving time of readings, music and reflection, which included the reading of the Euxton Roll of Honour, 29 local men and women who gave their lives between 1914-18. The Church was packed with people from the other churches Euxton, and their families, representatives of the council and the Legion and our wider community, as we shared prayers of thanksgiving for sacrifices made, and for peace in our troubled world. As we sang our closing hymn, The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended, we extinguished the candles, perhaps to relight them on 11th November.
Thank you to everyone who helped prepare, take part and attend this special, and moving occasion, and for generously donating over £100 to the Euxton War Memorial fund.