2011, Allhallows Day
2011 Allhallows Day Remembrance Service
Some 40 OHs, spouses and friends attended the annual Allhallows Memorial Service on Saturday 5th November 2011, in Honiton, many of them having enjoyed lunch at The Holt run by the McCaig family, four of whom are OHs, who also own the Otter Brewery at Luppit.
The service took place in St Paul’s Church in the middle of Honiton and located next to the Honiton Museum. The use of St Paul’s was necessary as a result of the closure of St Michael’s Church during the winter months as an economy measure. We were very pleased to welcome the Mayor of Honiton, Vernon Whitlock, and his wife to the service and to lunch beforehand.
Brigadier Nigel Speller OH officiated at the service and Vernon Burchell OH played the magnificent organ in St Paul’s. The Mayor and Mr Cyril Pike, representing the Allhallows Charity, read the Lessons. In his sermon Brigadier Speller recalled that St Paul’s stands on the site of former buildings used by the school during its long history in Honiton.
After the service the ladies of St Paul’s served tea and biscuits, enabling old friends and acquaintances to catch up and for the President, Roddy Long, to explain that because the future of St Michael’s is not known, a search was taking place to find a new home for the memorials and artefacts that were installed in St Michael’s after the closure of Allhallows in 1998.
The Honiton Museum, officially called the ‘Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities’ was open for the day on Saturday and many people attending the service took the opportunity to visit and see the many interesting exhibits including a display case of Allhallows memorabilia. The Museum houses a large collection of books, photographs and papers related to Allhallows, some of which date back k to the 1880s.