WW1 in Fenwick – Lest We Forget

Discover How the First World War Affected Fenwick

The streets of Fenwick were lined with poppies on the 16th and 17th of May 2015 as Fenwick Festival of Remembrance, organised by Fenwick Parish Church, commemorated the Centenary of the First World War.

The Festival was held to remember the men of the village who lost their lives during the Great War, the first of whom died 100 years ago in May 1915.  Families of the soldiers travelled from as far as Australia, Surrey, Newcastle and the North of Scotland, to join the Lord Lieutenant, and the Provost, local people and Church members to see the work that has been done by  young people as part of a Heritage Lottery funded Young Roots project  entitled Lest We Forget run by the Church in partnership with East Ayrshire Leisure, Burns Heritage Centre.

Art, photography and  heritage research were on display in the Church Halls.  A heritage and geo-caching trail took visitors to the places where the men named on the war memorial lived, many of which have changed little in 100 years.  A Heritage film made by the young people was premiered on Saturday night .  There was a flower festival in the Church, supported by Bloomingwales Florist in Stewarton, a poppy tea room and community art activities.   Land Engineering worked with the Church to create a Garden of Remembrance where many people laid their own tributes.

On Sunday morning a Service of Remembrance was held in the Church and at the War Memorial attended by  the Lord Lieutenant, the Provost, the British Legion and representatives of local schools and community groups who laid wreaths to remember the sacrifice of local men.  After a rainy Service at the War Memorial, where the Rev Geoff Redmayne included elements of the original Service of Dedication for the Memorial, everyone returned to the Church Hall for a lunch at which pupils from Fenwick Primary sang.

The weekend was very well attended with the Church filled to capacity and, although no formal fundraising took place over £800 was donated by visitors to support the work of Poppy Scotland.