Centenary of the Armistice 1918

Various commemorative events will be arranged to mark the centenary of the signature of the Armistice on 11 November 1918. But there is one commemoration that you can view right now in Bollington – at least, during office hours Monday to Friday.

The Rolls of Honour for the Adelphi and Clarence Mills for both WW1 and WW2 were probably originally to be found in the Clarence Mill, but we think that they were relocated to a position under the tower of St John’s church when the Mill ceased production. When the former parish church was closed, the Rolls were put into storage for safe keeping while an alternative location could be found for them.

The rolls have now been installed in the Adelphi Mill, near the lift entrance on the ground floor and can be viewed by the public free of charge during normal office hours. Enter the Mill building by the main entrance – the stairs will be on your left and the lift entrance will be on your right. However, it is normally difficult to find a parking space unless you are visiting the gym or one of the other businesses in the Adelphi that has reserved parking.

The Rolls of Honour list employees of the Adelphi and Clarence Mills who served in the two world wars (not only those who lost their lives in the conflicts). They show their ranks and regiments, whether they received gallantry medals, and whether they were wounded or killed. Note that many soldiers did not remain in the regiments with which they initially enlisted, so in some cases the regiment shown on the Roll of Honour my not be the one in which a man spent most of his service.

Most of the surnames on the lists are still represented in Bollington today, so why not go and see if any of your family members are listed?
These Rolls of Honour are part of Bollington’s heritage and we are grateful that the management of the Adelphi Group have put them on public view in co-operation with Bollington Town Council.

You can read more about Bollington men who served in World War 1 on the Bollington Online War Memorial, which can be found on our parish website – look under Family History on the Home page.

Poppy Appeal Launch 2018

Lyric by Joe Riley:

We all know about the traumas of the war,
But do we know about the things that happened after or before;
The people who’d seen horror,
Lived hell upon the earth;
But I can see in you and me that the aftermath was not to be heard;

Poor James, Poor John,
Can you show a bit more sympathy for the people who’d be rather dead than living;
I’m shocked, appalled,
At them all for sending home,
Broken lives and empty minds;
How did their families survive;

Who knew that time,
Would pass you by so quickly;
Think we’ve seen bad things,
But have we, have we really?
That’s why we’re here,
To think of all those people,
How did they carry on, how did they carry on?

Some say that it was such a horrid time,
But we know, that they’re wrong ‘cause there are simply no words left to describe;
The kind of pain and fear that they saw,
Would scar them ‘til the day that they would lie inside their morgue, oh

Poor James, Poor John,
Can you show a bit more sympathy for the people who’d be rather dead than living;
I’m shocked, appalled,
At them all for sending home,
Broken lives and empty minds;
How did their families survive;

Who knew that time,
Would pass you by so quickly;
Think we’ve seen bad things,
But have we, have we really?
That’s why we’re here,
To think of all those people,
How did they carry on, how did they carry on?

How did they carry on?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

How did they carry on?

Poppy Appeal 2018 – Launch in Bollington

This year, the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal  has a particular resonance as we reach the Centenary of the Armistice to end WW1.

The Poppy Appeal in Bollington and district will be officially launched in Bollington at 10.30am on Saturday 27 November at St Oswald’s Church at Bollington Cross.

After a brief introduction by the Poppy Appeal Organiser Debra Nixon, Canon Veronica Hydon will offer a prayer and read some verses of WW1 poetry. There will be a song by Joe Riley, followed by a short period of silence for reflection. A prayer will be said by Veronica commissioning the Poppy Collection volunteers and blessing them in their task. We will then all sing a new hymn which has been specially composed for this Armistice Day.

Tea and coffee will be available after this brief ceremony.

Please come and attend this Launch to support and encourage the volunteers, but also to remind ourselves of the value of the Peace that most of those of us in this country are able to enjoy.

You can read about the men from Bollington who served in WW1 here.