There will be a variety of events in Eynsford parish to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One and to mark Remembrance Sunday.
On 31st October at 10am, members of the community will 'plant' knitted poppies at the front of the churchyard at St Martin's Church, Eynsford. All are welcome to come to see this tribute to those who died in World War One.
On 11th November the plans are as follows:
8.45am - half muffled bells will be rung.
9.30am - church service at St Martin's Church, Eynsford
10.45 - 11.15am - Road Closure for Act of Remembrance
11am - Act of Remembrance at Eynsford war memorial including representatives from all of Eynsford's churches, uniformed groups etc. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial. Music will be provided by DVYM+ group.
After the Act of Remembrance, refreshments will be provided at the Baptist Church. There will also be prayers as a wreath is placed on the grave of a World War 1 soldier buried there.
12.30 - Bells will be rung at St Martin's, Eynsford and St Bololph's, Lullingstone as part of the DCMS 'Ringing Remembers' initiative. 'On 11 November 2018, 100 years since Armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. Big Ben will also strike at 11am to mark the centenary.'
7pm - a bonfire will be lit above Sparepenny Lane, Eynsford near to Arthur Mee's seat as part of 'The Battle's Over: A Nation's Tribute'. This is a nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived. This event is overseen by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek.
Eynsford Parish Council will be pleased to be laying wreaths at the Act of Remembrance. Other events are being organised by the churches, the bellringers and the scout group.
On 12th November, local group EynsFARA will be remembering the six men from the village whose names appear on the war memorial in Eynsford. This will include the laying of a wreath and short service at the graveside of one of the men who is buried at St Martin's, followed by a presentation in words, pictures and music in the church. All are welcome to come along at 3pm for a 3.30 start.