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St Margaret’s church, Stradishall has been awarded 10 life-size sitting silhouettes as part of the “There But Not There” campaign

Monday 3rd September 2018

St Margaret’s church, Stradishall has been awarded 10 life-size sitting silhouettes as part of the “There But Not There” campaign

St Margaret's church in the west Suffolk village of Stradishall has been awarded 10 life-size sitting silhouettes as part of the nationwide “There But Not There” campaign.  The project commemorates those who died in the First World War through installations of silhouettes wherever there is a Roll of Honour.  The aim is to educate all generations, particularly today’s younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of the conflict, to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel and to heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their service by raising substantial funds through the sales of the silhouettes.

A service is being held in the church on Sunday 4 November at 10.00am, and it is hoped local cadets will take part with other locally retired servicemen and women while on Sunday 11 November at 12.30pm, there will be a Prayer Service in the church followed by the ringing of the bells to coincide with the National Ringing of Church Bells.   The silhouettes will be on display from Saturday 3 November to Sunday 11 November.

Further information is available from this article in the East Anglian Daily Times available to download.

This Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme will give awards to community groups, places of worship, charities and schools to give them up to 10 silhouettes to support events in their local area.  As part of the award, you will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together.  Final applications are now open and will close on 1 October 2018.  Please click here for further information and to apply.