From Then Until Now: Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, Major General Andy Salmon will lead us through a unique event, here at the Cathedral from 7.30pm on Thursday 18th October, charting the experiences of servicemen and servicewomen in conflict from World War One, World War Two, the Troubles and recent campaigns, including Iraq and Afghanistan. This event features renowned one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy, whose performance of the Left-Hand Alone repertoire arranged for injured service personnel following World War One is fused with the voices, artwork, poetry and stories of veterans’ personal journeys through conflict, injury and rehabilitation. Told with unflinching honesty, grit and humour, their courage and bravery is at once both uplifting and inspiring. Tickets are available from www.journeythroughconflict.org.

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie In Flanders  fields.

John McCrae (May 1915)

 

Clifton Cathedral Parish has commissioned a new wildflower garden to remember those who fought for peace in the Great War. During WW1 floral shrines were created in thousands of households in the absence of the bodies of their loved ones. Our new garden is our floral shrine to those who gave their lives. There is a monument to the fallen and the Cathedral garden was formally dedicated on Sunday 29th June 2015 the Patronal Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul.