Enormous thanks to everyone who participated in our WWI commemoration on Saturday; very emotional readings from the soldier poets - thank you to Joy, Bridget and Jane for a brilliant performance, thank you to Igor Kennaway for the wonderful organ music and sharing his family WWI remembrances and the Rector for his introduction to Woodbine Willie and his poetry. And of course to our guest speaker, Dr Paul Norgate for telling us the story of William Storr-Barber who not only sculpted our war memorial but many others. You can see them locally in Dilwyn, New Radnor, Leominster,Stokesay and Almeley. He also sculpted a very moving sailor and soldier in Plymouth Hoe and several others including a very accomplished marble reredos in the church of St Michael and All Angels in Mitcheldean (below). Fran and Joy put together a very informative display of local WWI soldiers - this will remain in the church for a while so do come and take a look.
The Wigmore Centre CIC has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to commence the development phase of the transformation of St James’ Church into an Interpretive, Heritage and Community Centre.