The 2018 Remembrance Day service at Botley Cemetery was very well attended. It was a beautiful autumn morning on which to remember the exact moment that the First World War ended exactly 100 years ago. Out thanks to all who helped to organise the service and to all who participated. Our guest speaker was Alan Pope, ex Lord Mayor of Oxford and chair of the Oxford -Bonn Twinning Link, which has been in existence for over 70 years. Read Alan’s Address here.
Matthew Arnold School pupil Olivia Metson read her own poem ‘Peace’ during the service. Rhys Surtees, Head Boy at Matthew Arnold School read the Exhortation:
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them
Local schoolchildren responded movingly to our search for poems and pictures relating to our theme of peace and reconciliation.