At midday on Sunday 11 November 2018, the Villagers of Perry gathered on the Village Green and took time to plant a tree as a memorial and act of remembrance to those who gave their lives during the First World War.

Once again, our thanks go to Reg Weeks for his phenomenal wood crafting skills and a memorial plaque stand, which will mark the ‘Remembrance Tree’ position.

Mirrored by so many acts around the Country, Councillor Sheila Brighton said, “I am so glad we have done this, it may be a small gesture, but such significant event should not go unrecognised by our village”.

The ‘planting,’ timed to coincide with the conclusion of services at St Andrews Church in Great Staughton and Perry Baptist Church was accompanied by a brief (three verse poem), read by three of the younger village residents. They all did extremely well!

A short poem was deliberately chosen, as the weather could not be determined at the time of making any of these arrangements to avoid everyone standing in [the predicted] rain.

In Flanders Fields; written in 1915 by a Canadian doctor and Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War, fighting and overseeing medical care in Boulogne, was the first poem to symbolically recognise the poppy as a symbol of ‘Remembrance’.

Nigel (Chairman of Perry Parish Council) and Wendy Noon attended with two brass shell cases that were brought back from the Somme by their relatives, these were left to Nigel by his Grandmother, as he used to always play with them as a child.  It was poignant that these now contained bottles of water which were used to water the tree in position, as opposed to an explosive charge from the battlefield.

It was also fantastic to see a Regimental Sergeant Major in full uniform who was able to entice and ‘order’ all this attending to regroup for a village Carol Concert on Sunday 23 December 1800 hrs (Village Green).

With the Wheatsheaf Public House beckoning a suitable retreat afterwards, it was understandably a village day to remember.