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Photo gallery: Poignant flower festival about First World War at Aylsham church

16:47 22 May 2014

Aylsham Flower Festival at the parish church. Rev Andrew Beane with one of the origami memorial does.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Flower Festival at the parish church. Rev Andrew Beane with one of the origami memorial does. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The First World War will be remembered at a poignant church flower festival this weekend.

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Remembering the fallen

■Horace Balls was a private in D Company of the 1/5th Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. He was born and enlisted in Norwich but was the son of Edward Balls, of Hungate Street, Aylsham. He died aged 20 on August 12 1915 in Gallipoli. He is commemorated at Helles Memorial in Turkey.

■Private Thomas Ducker was killed in action on October 18 1916 aged 29 at Flanders in France. He enlisted in Dereham and was married to Ellen Ducker, from Fox Loke, Aylsham. He was buried at Bancourt British Cemetery in France.

■Gunner Edward Dyball was killed on November 7 1918 aged 24. He was the son of Charles and Evelyn Dyball, from Cawston Road, Aylsham, and was part of the Royal Marine Artillery. He was buried at Aylsham Cemetery.

■Private Stephen Stone from the 13th Battalion Royal Scots died of wounds on February 19 1918 in Flanders, France, aged 22. He was born in Hevingham and lived in Aylsham. He was the son of Maria and Stephen Stone, from Town Lane, Aylsham. He was buried at Tilloy British Cementery in France.

Aylsham Parish Church will be holding the event called Reflections on War and Peace, which starts tomorrow and finishes on Monday May 26. The free exhibition will be open between 10am-5pm but donations are welcome.

More than 60 young men from Aylsham died in the war between 1914-18 and their names are recorded on two memorials outside and inside the church.

Aylsham vicar the Rev Andrew Beane said: “I have been staggered by the interest that has been created through the flower festival about how the war has touched each of our lives and in ways we perhaps never considered.

“I am sure that the festival will create a place for reflection, taking us from the horror of war to the hope of peace as we remember those who died in conflicts over the years and those still today affected by war, especially from post-traumatic stress.”

Many of the arrangers will be sharing personal stories or memorabilia from the war and music reflecting the theme of war and peace will be played by pianists and organists.

Among the displays will be a garden of remembrance, created by Woodgate Nursery in Aylsham.

Children from St Michael’s Infant and John of Gaunt Infant schools have made peace doves with names of people killed in conflicts.

The youngsters have also made poppies that will form part of some of the displays.

Children visiting the exhibition will also be able to take part in an interactive trail about the history of the church and key people during the war.

Subjects of the displays will include women in war, the trenches, farming and animals, famous men, war graves, reconciliation and organisations supporting veterans.

Two services will be held on Sunday May 25 - an all age service at 10.15am when people will be able to make origami peace doves and a Choral Evensong at 4pm.

The exhibition is part of the Aylsham Festival.

For more information visit www.aylshamparishchurch.co.uk or www.aylshamfestival.co.uk

Are you organising an event marking the start of the First World War in north Norfolk? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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