2010, Allhallows Day
2010 Allhallows Day Remembrance Service
A respectable number of OHs, husbands, wives and friends assembled at St. Michael’s, Honiton, on Saturday 6th November 2010, for a Remembrance Service. At noon many of us met at ‘The Hare and Hounds’ for an excellent carvery lunch, organised by Richard Bean, our West Country Secretary, who waved his usual magic wand to gather so many of us at St. Michael’s, after last years record attendance when the Bishop of Crediton, the Right Revd Robert Evens, whose father and brother were at Allhallows, gave the address.
This year Brigadier Nigel Speller, who organises our Remembrance services, gave thanks for the school. He said Allhallows Day was traditionally a holiday, with a service in the Great Hall in the evening to which the Mayor of Honiton and some of his councillors were invited to celebrate our connection with Honiton. Nigel said that he was always amazed that when the Mayor presented his prize, it was whisked away and traditionally presented on Speech Day to the Head of School. He wondered whether we might renew our contact with the Mayor by inviting him to our Remembrance Service.
Unfortunately he said Halloween is nowadays associated with witches, broomsticks and pumpkins. But Christians know Christ has defeated evil. For it should be a time to remember the Fallen and those good people who were educated at Allhallows.
The Hon. Secretary laid the traditional wreath and read the prayer for those who had died in the service of their country and the names of OHs who had died recently.
At the tea party afterwards, our President, Roddy Long, thanked the Rector Sue Roberts for allowing us to hold our service at St. Michael’s, Vernon Burchell for playing the organ for us so superbly as always, Cyril and Barbara Pike for the tea party and warm welcome they always give us, Nigel Speller for conducting the service and Derek for all he has done as Hon.Sec.