A combined total of over 400 adults and children gathered yesterday at All Saints Church for Wokingham’s Civic Remembrance service.
The congregation included the High Steward of Wokingham Lucy Zeal, also this year the High Sheriff of Berkshire, who read the Bible reading. Both the Borough Mayor of Wokingham and the Mayor of Wokingham Town were present together with members of Wokingham Town Council and the Town Clerk.
Groups of Scouts and Guides attended as well as as the various military cadet groups and training corps. The police service and other emergency services both statutory and voluntary were also represented.
As an ecumenical service led on behalf of Churches Together in Wokingham, other church ministers also attended. Prayers were said by the Revd Catherine Bowstead Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Berkshire and Surrey borders circuit and minister of Wokingham Methodist Church. The address was given by the Reverend Hannah Higginson who is Chaplain to the Town Mayor this year and also the Associate Priest at All Saints Church Wokingham. The Reverend Canon David Hodgson Rector of Wokingham All Saints led the service.
Hannah Higginson’s talk used the symbol of the poppy to explore the meaning and importance of Remembrance Sunday.