Overstrand Parish Council

St Martin’s Church ‘Silent Night’ Carol Service

The Community Carol Service was very well supported by the village with over 100 people attending.
Claire Reynold’s singing of the first verse of Silent Night in German was a very poignant moment as we reflected on ‘Christmas Truce’
Two of the ‘men from Overstrand’ who are commemorated in the church were serving with the 1st Norfolk Regiment on 24th December 1914.
From the regimental records we can be fairly certain the William England and Basil Roberts would both have been on the front line in Belgium where the ‘Truce’ took place.
This made the Carol Service very special as we thought about the events of Christmas 1914.
Mick Lyons, from Sutton St James near Spalding in Lincolnshire, kindly loaned an old leather football – so that we could remember the football game that was played by British and German soldiers in ‘No Man’s Land’.
It was probably the first time that a football had been passed and headed in St Martin’s Church during a service!
A retiring collection for the work of TEAR Fund to provide help and support for those suffering in Syria raised £240. Thank you to those who gave so generously.

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