ON a bright, sunny morning, people gathered around the War Memorial in the churchyard of St Mary's, Gladestry to honour the fallen.

Col (Retd) Peter Mayes led the memorial with the opening hymn O Valiant Heart.

This was followed by a prayer for those who continue to suffer the consequences of war in bereavement, disability and pain. The congregation committed to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations that all people may live together in freedom, justice and peace.

Mr Mayes read the Exhortation from the famous poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) for the Fallen, 'They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;...'

A time of silence was observed followed by the laying of wreaths; Mr David Twiddy read out the names from the Memorial of the men that died in the two World Wars from Colva and Gladestry.

The Dedication was read by Mr Mayes, the well known Kohima Epitaph thought to have been written by John Maxwell Edmonds (1875-1958), 'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.'

During Morning Prayer, preceding the Remembrance Service, Rev Mark Beaton dedicated a kneeler made by Mrs Sheila McGough depicting poppies growing in a field of wheat and made in memory of her uncle Hewitt (Huey) Turner who died whilst serving with the Gloucestershire regiment in the Second World War.