All St Church

Open Weekend


All St Church
A personal display
All Saintís Church held their Open Churches Weekend on 9th and 10th of August. On both days there was an exhibition commemorating World War One jointly staged by the Church and village History Group.
A great deal of information was available, both interesting and poignant. Many personal items were kindly loaned by village residents, along with their moving personal stories and treasured memories.
WW1 Memory Plaque
Memorabilia included newspaper cuttings, letters, photos, medals, posters, souvenirs and much more. Among the items was an engraved bronze Memorial Plaque which was issued to the next of kin of all servicemen and women who lost their lives as a direct result of the war, along with a memorial parchment scroll, giving the name of the deceased and their unit. Over 1,000,000 of these were distributed.
Embroidered postcard
There was also an earthenware jar used to hold anti gas ointment for the treatment and prevention of burns from mustard gas, though not believed to have been very effective. Several beautiful and delicate embroidered items sent or bought back home as souvenirs by servicemen were also on display. These were made by French and Belgian women. Information was available of course on the ten men from Beckingham and the four from Saundby who went to war never to return.
Beckingham Roll of Honour

Some information had been on display in the church during the previous week from 4th August when the Church held a candlelit vigil on that day at the village war memorial in the churchyard from 10pm to 11pm. During the vigil names were slowly read out from the parish of those who lost their lives and candles gradually extinguished before everyone attending left in silence.
Nearly new stall
On the Saturday afternoon there were a number of stalls including tombola, a raffle, nearly new and country kitchen where homemade preserves, chutneys and cakes could be purchased. Refreshments of tea, coffee and delicious cakes were also served.

The weather for the Open Weekend was mixed, beautiful on the Saturday, but stormy on the Sunday. However this did not deter visitors from attending. Proceeds raised were over £350 which will be in support of church funds.

Sincere thanks go to all those who were involved in organising, helping and supporting this event held in our beautiful church. A similar First World War display by the village History Group will be at the Willow Works as part of the Marsh Fayre on Saturday 20th September.

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