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As a prelude to this year’s 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918, on the night before the main event we held a ‘Supper Dance’ in the Village Hall. The tickets were sold out, the food was plentiful and top class, the entertainment from the ‘2tones’ was outstanding, and all the guests seemed to have a great time. It’s not often you see the dance floor fill up as the first number begins, but it wasn’t long before the tables had to be moved to make way for more revellers! Spanning eight decades of musical favourites, there was something for everyone, and it’s fair to say that we will repeat the event in the future.


Karen Skinner reports:

The stage was set from the beginning by lovely poppy themed table decorations created by Wendy Mitchell and assembled by Alison Townsend. Everybody enjoyed the food, with the starters being expertly prepared and served by Glenda Cooper and her team. The paella - freshly cooked by John the chef went down a storm with seconds and even thirds being requested. The sherry trifles (Glenda again) & fruit salad all disappeared. We don’t have the final figure yet, but thanks to some very generous donations of prizes and the persuasive raffle ticket sales prowess of Pam Howard, we have certainly raised more money than expected. This will go to the Poppy Appeal and then directly to those most in need of help from the British Legion.

Thanks must also go to everyone who helped with the setting-up and clearing away at the end.


The following morning saw another innovation as we changed the order of service for Remembrance Day itself. The Centenary clearly added extra poignancy to the proceedings, as it looked like a record number turned out at the War Memorial to commemorate the Fallen from our local area. The sun shone on the Parade, the newly instigated Service went without a hitch, and the Last Post, beautifully played, heralded the silent period of reflection that so many find so moving.


Our task now is to continue the program of Remembrance into another century. Although the warriors of 1918 are all now gone, there are still many ex-service personnel and their loved ones who have suffered terribly as a result of conflict. They uphold the same principles as those from a hundred years ago, and we owe them our unstinting support as well as our freedom and way of life.

Shaun McCarthy

How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
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Phil Heaphy 01442 842283
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Matt Laver
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Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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