Overstrand Parish Council

Overstrand In The Great War Exhibition – updated

The Exhibition was displayed in St Martin’s Church and the Parish Hall for 8 days and was very well attended every day. Among the highlights were the Community Church Service when members of the Parish Council and Church contributed readings for a large congregation which included several ‘living relatives’ of the men who died. Wreaths were laid on the War Memorial by Sue Cowling and at the Church `Memorial Board by Peter Bennett.

During the Exhibition visitors were treated to a sample of ‘Trench Cake’, similar to one that was sent to the front line in World War 1. They were also given a copy of ‘The Gospel of St John’, a replica of the one that was presented to all servicemen on Active Service between 1914 and 1918. It was a great privileged to welcome to the Exhibition several living relatives of Cyril and Meyer Levine, William England, Charles Betts and Sidney Codling. A display of Great War memorabilia, including medals, photographs and documents, greatly enhanced the Exhibition – thanks to the generosity of villagers.

During the Exhibition many visitors generously donated to the work of SSAFA (Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association) – in total £771.35 was raised. Thanks so much on behalf of SSAFA and the Exhibition organisers.

We will continue to “Remember Them’ on Sunday 9th November and Armistice Day 11th November.

Tim Bennett, Derek Paul, Martin Dennis (Organisers & Researchers) Peter Bennett (Exhibition Designer)



Update – A letter of thanks was received from Norfolk SSAFA. a copy of which is included here  (please click on image to view):

SSAFA Letter