Remembrance Services and Parades in Caerphilly County 2017

Almost 100 years on from the end of the First World War (and exactly 100 years on from the hell of Passchendaele). it remains as important as ever to remember our heroes. From solders to stretcher bearers, everyone had a role to play.

This year to commemorate their lives (and those who have fallen in consequent wars) the Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr John Bevan (and senior members of the CBBC) will join residents to honour members of the Armed Forces (past and present)  at Remembrance services around the borough.

The council has listed the following Remembrance services:-

Thursday 9th November:

Abertridwr Community Centre.  2pm. Services and laying of wreaths

Friday 10th November:

Market Place, Blackwood . 11am. Service only, no wreaths.

Fochriw Memorial . 10am. Meet at Fochriw Community Centre. There will be a parade to the  memorial for a service and laying of wreaths.

Saturday 11th November:

Pontywaun School Memorial (next to Risca Police Station) 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Pontllanfraith House. 1.30pm . Service and laying of wreaths followed by Remembrance Service at St Augustine’s Church, Pontllanfraith, 2pm.

Princetown memorial bench, Rhymney. 12pm. Service and laying of wreaths.

Sunday 12th November:

St Martin’s ChurchCaerphilly.  2.30pm. Parade to cenotaph at the Twyn for service and laying of wreaths at 2.45pm.

Oakdale Memorial . 10.40am . Meet at Presbyterian Church. Parade to cenotaph for service and laying of wreaths.

Moose Hall. Pentwyn RoadBlackwood . 10am. Service followed by laying of wreaths at Blackwood Memorial at 10.45am.

St Thomas’ ChurchCefn Fforest. 10am. Service followed by parade to cenotaph for service and laying of wreaths at 10.40am.

Parry Square, Newbridge.  9.30am.  Members and Organisations assemble at 9.30am in Parry Square. Parade to St Paul’s Church for service at 9.45am after which they will be a parade to the Newbridge Cenotaph, where there will be a service and laying of wreaths at 11am.

Maesycwmmer Community Garden, The Crescent. 12.30pm. Service and laying of wreaths.

Central car park, Llanbradach . 10.30am. Parade to cenotaph at Park View for service and laying of wreaths at 10.45am.

Abertysswg Memorial. 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths.

St David’s ChurchRhymney . 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths at Rhymney Memorial.

St David’s Road, Pengam. 10.45am. Short service and laying of wreaths, followed by servce at St David’s Church at 11am.

Glanynant Memorial Garden, New Road, Cwmfelimfach. 10.45am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Wyllie Cenotaph, Glanhowy Road. 12pm. Service and laying of wreaths.

 St Cattwg’s ChurchGelligaer . 10.45am . Service and laying of wreaths.

Tiryberth Memorial, Churchfield Close. 10.45am . Service and laying of wreaths.

Cwmcarn Cenotaph. 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Abercarn Cenotaph. 11am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Deri Memorial. 10.45am. Service and laying of wreaths.

St Tyfaelog’s ChurchPontlottyn . 10am. Service followed by parade to the Pontlottyn Memorial for laying of wreaths.

St Peter’s ChurchAberbargoed . 10am. Parade to Cenotaph for service and laying of wreaths.

Rifle StreetRisca.  10.15am. Service followed by parade to Memorial Gates for Service & Laying of Wreaths at 10.45am.

Holy Trinity ChurchYstrad Mynach . 9.30am . Service followed by parade to Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Cenotaph for service and laying of wreaths.

Cenotaph, St Gwladys Chuch, Bargoed . 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Markham Memorial, Pantycefn Road. 10.45am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Argoed Memorial . 11am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Car parkMachen . 10am. Parade to St John’s Church for service at 10.45am, followed by parade to cenotaph for laying of wreaths.

Bedwas Junior School . 10.45am.  Parade to cenotaph on Newport Road for service and laying of wreaths, followed by Remembrance Service, St Thomas’ Church, Trethomas at
11.15am.

Trethomas Cenotaph .10.45am. Service and laying of wreaths, followed by Remembrance Service, St Thomas’ Church, Trethomas at 11.15am.

 St John’s Church, Nelson . 9.30am. Service followed by parade to Nelson Cenotaph for lLaying of  wreaths at 11am.

United Reform Church, Senghenydd. 10.15am. Parade to Senghenydd Cenotaph for service and laying of wreaths at 11.00am.

Brithdir Memorial. 10.30am. Service and laying of wreaths.

Tirphil Memorial. 10am. Service and laying of wreaths.

New Tredegar Cenotaph.10.45am. Service and laying of wreaths followed by service at St. Dingat’s Church at 11.10am.

Horeb Church, Trinant. 11am. Service followed by and laying of wreaths.

Hafodyrynys Cenotaph. 11am. Service followed by and laying of wreaths.

An app showing where each memorial across Caerphilly county borough is located can be found by clicking here.

Dulce et Decorum Est

BY WILFRED Owen 
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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