Shore Churches to honour ‘Local Heroes’ as part of Great War Centennial Commemorations

The Shore Churches of Kilmun, Strone and Ardentinny, together with Historic Kilmun, are hosting a special event as part of the Great War Centennial commemorations – designed to bring home the reality of World War I by honouring local people whose service in that war was

On Remembrance Sunday, 8th November, the Reverend Mill will conduct the usual services – wreath laying at Kilmun War Memorial at 10.15am, followed by a united service for Kilmun, Strone and Ardentinny Churches at Strone at 10.45am, with a further wreath laying service at Ardentinny at 2pm.

Then, At Strone Church, at 3pm that afterernoon, Ann Galliard, representing the Western Front Association, will give an illustrated talk, Local Heroes, focusing on men from the area who died, and women who served and survived.

Strone Church Hall will have an exhibition, featuring local memorials and people who served in the Great War;Princess Louise, the Duchess of Argyll & her role in the war; postcards and posters; the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders; Nurses – and many more, including contributions from children at Strone School.

Argyll & Bute Culture & Heritage Support Officer, Gayle Ferguson and Local Studies Librarian, Eleanor MacKay, will be supplementing the display with material from the Library.

The exhibition will be open from 2pm – 4pm on 9th, 10th and 11th November. It can also be visited after the service and talk on 8th November and talk. The exhibition is free. Refreshments will be available for a small charge.

While young people are welcome at any of these times, there will be a special day for children on the morning of Wednesday 11th November with a short dedication at 11am – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, as is the tradition – by the Reverend Mill, with the opportunity to visit the exhibition either from 10.15am or after the dedication.

Some schools have already made arrangements for pupils to attend but all schools and children in Cowal are most warmly invited to take part – by arrangement.

This is a well deserved tribute to local heroes. Telling their tales to new audiences in this way redeems from time those lost in that literally monumental war.

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