for November 2018

Lest we forget, 1918Ė2018

Virgilís epic poem The Aeneid was written in the period around Christís birth and it has lines which read: As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood. These words were powerful in Christís time and are equally symbolic now because they recall the universal catastrophe of human carnage.

This tragedy of blood flowing like water happened repeatedly during the First World War. The display of red poppies at the Tower of London called Blood-swept lands and seas of red was a powerful testament to the scale of the disaster, one poppy for every British and Colonial military death. To commemorate the armistice which closed the Great War in November 1918, Box has created a temporary art installation of poppies flowing onto the ground to be displayed at The Fountain on the corner of Market Place and the High Street over the Remembrance Weekend.

We are extending the display with a pop-up exhibition, also at The Fountain, on the afternoon of Friday 9th November and all day Saturday 10th. It recalls the list of fatalities put up in the centre of the village after the First World War to honour those who had given their lives. The display is free and open to all, and tells the story of Boxís servicemen in a way suitable for children and adults. Please come for a few moments if you are able to and, of course, we hope that villagers will be able to attend the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th November at 10.45 am.

Those who canít get there can read about the creation and dedication of the Box War Memorial in the headline article of the new issue of Box People and Places ( The memorial was located so that travellers from the west will pass beneath the shadow of a wayside cross ... a silent admonition to remembrance. With recently discovered photographs of dedication services for the 1st and 2nd World War, the article concludes Boxís Great War tribute, although there is still an exhibition running at Cemetery Chapel.

Alan Payne