Dedication of the commemorative doors at All Saints’ Church

On Sunday afternoon I attended the service at All Saints’ Church for the dedication of the new commemorative doors.  We were honoured for the service to be attended by the Bishop of St Albans, who led the service of dedication, and by Her Majesty’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire (resplendent in his uniform).

The service remembered the faithful work of the whole village in the Great War; the fallen, but also those who served and returned, and those at home; the whole community was wound up in the war effort and could claim a share in the victory and peace won one hundred years ago.  The doors,, beautiful in design, remember all.

I cannot praise enough those in the congregation who conceived the idea and drove it to completion, and those whose generosity funded the project.

Next month we will mark the Armistice, as we do each year, this time more poignant as it is one hundred years since the guns fell silent. Over the course of the year we have looked more deeply at the war and perhaps leave the centenary with more understanding.