On Monday, 4th Aug, we had a full church at Adel for a Community WW1 Commemorative Service at 11am, led by Revd Ian White. Then in the afternoon, the church was full again for a moving performance of local WW1 letters, and poems & readings by community members and Revd White. This was followed by war grave walks around the 6-acre Adel Churchyard in the sunshine. In the evening we met up again with Revd White at 10pm at Adel Memorial Hall (next to the church) for a candlelit performance involving more people from Adel Sports & Social Club. We represented and remembered the 18 men (including Mark, Roger & William Draper, the 3 sons of Adel Rector William Draper) whose names are on the Adel WW1 Memorial, ending with a single candle burning at 11pm. We prayed for peace together and joined in singing ‘Keep the home fires burning’. The evening performance included these words written in the Adel Journal years ago:
‘if this world is to be made into a better place in which to live, it’s the type of spirit we see displayed so often in community work that will achieve it.
Photos taken by Zoë Crompton