2013 Allhallows Day
Some 40 OHs, spouses and friends enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Hare & Hounds, Gittisham on Saturday 2nd November before being joined by others for the Allhallows Annual Memorial Service held in St Paul’s Church, Honiton. Conducted by Brigadier Nigel Speller (OH) with Vernon Burchell (OH) the organist.
The service remembered those whose lives are commemorated on memorials now in St Michael’s Church, Honiton as well as the 14 OHs and friends of the school known to have died in the past year.The Lessons were read by the Deputy Mayor of Honiton, Mr Peter Halse, and by the President of the OH Club and. during the Act of Re-Dedication and Remembrance Patrick McCaig (OH) sounded The Last Post and Reveille.
In his sermon Brig Speller suggested that a good way to live is to enjoy the memories of the past, the adventures of the present and to consider what can be passed on for the future.There is much good knowledge and experience from the past which should be passed on for the future. Not least is the furniture and memorials in the OH Chapel in St Michael’s for which there is now hope that the Chapel can again be put into use for special occassions whilst at other times being cared for by the users of the church.
Our national life would be much poorer if the annual Remembrance services at cenotaphs and local memorials throughout the land were to cease after local memorials had no further living connections or families to care for them. Brig Speller asked the younger ‘old’ generations to look again at the storehouse of their memories and see what they might pass on as we must continue to rejoice in the past, the present and the future, what ever changes take place in our lives or the life of society all around, and Allhallows, as originally known, remembering that God remains the same as said in Hebrews Ch 13 verse 8 “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and tomorrow".
Speaking after the service and enjoying light refreshments, the President, Roddy Long, said that it was very much hoped that the Annual Memorial Service would return to St Michael’s in the near future.