2009, Allhallows Day
REMEMBRANCE SEVICE. November 7th, 2009
About 50 OHs, husbands, wives, partners and friends met for our annual Remembrance Service at St. Michael’s, Honiton, on Saturday 7th November 2009.
At noon many of us met at ‘The Hare and Hounds’ for a most enjoyable carvery lunch, organised by our West Country Secretary, Richard Bean, who again did a superlative job recruiting OHs to the Remembrance Service.
Brigadier Nigel Speller MBE, OH, officiated and we were privileged this year, because the Bishop of Crediton, the Right Revd. Robert Evens, whose father Richard Evens (B 28-36) an outstanding sportsman, and brother Bruce Evens (B70-75) were at Allhallows, spoke movingly at the Service about those who had lost their lives in war and the guiding spirit of mercy and truth, which had sustained his father in the Second World War, even when he reached Belsen.
He told us he had found his father’s striped OH tie, when he died, and how much Allhallows meant to him.
The Hon. Secretary laid the traditional wreath and read the prayer of remembrance those who had lost their lives in the service of their country and the names of OHs who had died recently. Lessons were read by our President Roddy Long and a Trustee of the Allhallows Charity, Arthur Dimond (B 37-40). Vernon Burchell (C 52-56) played the organ for us splendidly as always. We are most grateful to the Rector of Honiton, Susan Roberts, for allowing us to hold this Service and to Cyril and Barbara Pike and their helpers for the tea-party and warm welcome they always give us.
Among other members of the congregation were Peter Larkman (H 84-95),General Sir Roger Wheeler (St 55-61) and Lady Felicity Wheeler, Maggie Palmer and Glynne Welby (C 35-40), who was in Walpole House in Honiton and could remember Nigel Speller as a young boy!
In conclusion Roddy Long thanked the Bishop and presented Nigel Speller with a copy of the John Hoar print of Allhallows, which Rosemary Sidwell kindly gave us.