By Tony Henthorn

Editor

07590 750128

villagetribuneeditor@mac.com

Bainton's VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations

Villagers from Bainton met in the church at the weekend following the 70th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 1945 for an enjoyable get-together.  Friends and neighbours were able to chat and enjoy a drink, view archive film from the WW2  period and sing along with some WW2 songs.

Highlight of the morning, when Bainton Church bells were rung at 11am in conjunction with bells across the nation, was a talk by Churchwarden, John Wreford.  His talk began with a list of the ‘milestones’ of the war from the invasion of Poland by Germany and the declaration of war by Neville Chamberlain on 3rd September, 1939, to the German surrender on 8th May 1945.  France fell in May 1940, the ‘miracle’ of the evacuation of Dunkirk following at the end of that month. The Battle of Britain was fought from July to September in that year and later the Blitz raged for 57 consecutive nights until May 1941. July 1942 saw the first big victory at El Alamein.

John said: “Bells ringing out across the meadows of our beautiful countryside are a reminder of what a wonderful thing VE Day was, because during the previous six years the World had been subjected to the terrors, horrors and evil of a war that had claimed the lives of at least 61 million people. 61 million people are difficult to imagine, but one way of visualising it would be to think of a capacity crowd filling Wembley Stadium or Twickenham every week for 15years. That way you will get some idea of the massive tragedy that beset the world.”

He went on to tell what seemed to be a bit of a joke against himself that when he was at school, a regular punishment was to write out lines, copying printed extracts from Winston Churchill’s speeches. “Being a frequent offender,” he went on, “I got to know these speeches pretty well! The upside was that Churchill’s words helped me to understand what an inspiration they must have been to people in times of the greatest threat and to show his great leadership”

What followed was a very moving and emotional experience as we listened to John read some of Churchill’s words, which, he says, still inspire him today. “The whole fury and might of the enemy must soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war.  If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and devotion.

There has never been, I suppose, in all the world, in the history of war, such an opportunity for youth.   The Knights of the Round Table, the Crusaders, all fall back into the past – not only distant, but prosaic;  these young men, going forth every morn to guard their native land and all that we stand for, holding in their hands these instruments of colossal and shattering power, of whom it may be said that: ‘Every morn brought forth a noble chance

And every chance brought forth a noble knight.’

They deserve our gratitude, as do all the brave men, who, in so many ways and on so many occasions, are ready and continue ready to give life and all for their native land.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say ‘This was their finest hour’.

There were various displays in church, including some reminiscences from the late Martin Jackson, a well-known member of the Helpston district farming community. Mr Jackson recalled delivering milk and eggs to Helpston and having to deal with ration books. Wartime rations for one adult were as follows: 8oz sugar, 4oz ham or bacon, 2oz butter, 1 egg, 2oz tea, 8oz cheese, 1lb jam to last two months. Of course Spam was a staple too and some people still love it!

The event was organised by John, together with Malcom Morrice and Ian Abbott-Donnelly who was responsible for the films. Bellringers were Philip Richards, Chris Harrison and Nigel Clough from Bainton.  Elizabeth Snowball provided the music and refreshments were served by Hilary Smith (Ashton) and Jane Mason (Bainton). 

Comments (0)


Related Posts

Maxey Fayre fun for all

  • 2015-09-23 14:23:00
Read More

Barnack Housing protest

  • 2015-12-21 16:00:00
Read More

Annual Winter Supper

  • 2017-03-24 10:53:00
Read More

Helpston Gardens 2016

  • 2016-07-06 08:52:00
Read More

Glinton Friendship Club

  • 2017-04-07 10:24:00
Read More

Village litter pick

  • 2016-03-14 08:10:00
Read More

Glinton switch-on

  • 2015-10-27 17:34:00
Read More

Glinton Roadworks

  • 2016-08-11 16:17:00
Read More

Fundraising made easy

  • 2017-03-24 10:36:00
Read More

Tribune - next deadline

  • 2015-11-16 09:03:00
Read More

Maxey Christmas Fayre

  • 2015-12-14 11:15:00
Read More

Langdyke Open Day

  • 2016-07-07 13:44:00
Read More

Here to Entertain You

  • 2016-02-01 07:04:00
Read More

Here to entertain you!

  • 2015-11-11 19:49:00
Read More

Glinton Litter Pick

  • 2017-04-07 10:59:00
Read More

Lolham 'death trap'

  • 2015-12-14 11:20:00
Read More

Have you seen Bella?

  • 2015-11-15 07:21:00
Read More

Local Roadworks

  • 2016-07-26 15:52:00
Read More

Team George cash boost

  • 2016-03-06 12:51:00
Read More

Maxey Classic Car Show

  • 2015-09-24 11:53:00
Read More

Glinton Brownies

  • 2017-06-30 09:02:00
Read More

Team Glinton clean-up

  • 2015-09-24 12:21:00
Read More

New WI for Tribland

  • 2015-09-23 14:06:00
Read More

Help in your village

  • 2017-03-09 13:18:00
Read More

Helpston Gala is back!!

  • 2015-12-14 13:42:00
Read More

VJ Day Commemorations

  • 2015-09-24 11:03:00
Read More

John Clare Festival

  • 2015-09-24 11:17:00
Read More

Peakirk canine capers

  • 2015-09-23 14:18:00
Read More

Scotsman flys past

  • 2016-02-28 09:20:00
Read More

Maxey Drive-by shooting

  • 2016-07-25 16:55:00
Read More

Armed Forces Day

  • 2016-07-06 09:28:00
Read More

Tractor Road Run

  • 2015-09-23 12:58:00
Read More

Royce Wood 'dismay'

  • 2016-05-05 19:27:00
Read More

Educating Helpston

  • 2015-09-23 12:48:00
Read More

Read the latest issue

If you would like to receive the Village Tribune magazine but are out of the distribution area, you can still signup for a 12 month (6 issue) subscription.

Advertisement

Latest BBC News

News from BBC News

Weather Near You

Latest Traffic Updates

  • Minor Disruption - up to 15 minutes delay on A14

    Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 03:30 and 03:45 on 25 September 2017. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:33:29 GMT
  • Minor Disruption - up to 15 minutes delay on A5036

    Location : The A5036 southbound between the A5207 and the junction with the A5038 . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 03:30 and 03:45 on 25 September 2017. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:32:30 GMT
  • Minor Disruption - up to 15 minutes delay on M25

    Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J2 and J1A . Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 03:30 and 03:45 on 25 September 2017. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:34:32 GMT
  • Severe Disruption - in excess of 3 hours delay or road closure on M62

    Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Vehicle fire. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 04:30 and 04:45 on 25 September 2017. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 04:30 and 04:45 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:27:05 GMT
  • Severe Disruption - in excess of 3 hours delay or road closure on M62

    Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J21 . Reason : Vehicle fire. Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 04:30 and 04:45 on 25 September 2017. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 04:30 and 04:45 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:29:01 GMT
  • Congestion on A14

    Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Reason : Congestion. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 03:30 and 03:45 on 25 September 2017. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

    Congestion, Minor Disruption - up to 15 minutes delay

    • Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:37:30 GMT
Updates from Highways Agency

Local Jobs

Jobs from Indeed