First thing this morning we went to St Chads Church to get robed up for the Battle of Britain Memorial Church Service, I took the first reading and Group Captain Warren (Bunny) James took the second reading. After the service we paraded to the Quarry and held a two minute silance and then laid our wreaths at the war memorial.

Below is a pictorial of the events whilst in the Quarry:



It was then time to say our fairwells to all that attended as they left the Quarry before we returned to the church to remove our robes.

Our two Equerries are pictured above, Craig Bellis is the young Warrent Officer in uniform next to the Sward Bearer and Holly Brown is in front of me not in uniform as she is about to take up at Uni and has not yet been able to join the UBAS and she will once again be in Air Force Uniform. It was a shame that the powers to be would not allow her to retain the 1119 uniform for this special occasion. But Holly you looked great, also you had a number of compliments on how you looked and the way you carried out your role, so well done its hard to do something when you feel not dressed for the role. Craig what a star worked until 06.30 this morning and near enough straight to the church and on parade, well done my man.



This afternoon I went to a service at the Grek Orthodox Church Called Vespers. This was a new expeiriance for me and was very interesting and learnt alot about the church its people and the religion.

Also attending was the Vice Lord Lieutenant Col Thewles and his wife, The bishop of Shrewsbury, Father Septhen from the Roman Catholic Church, Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski and Yours Truly. The service was conducted by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.

The celebration was to mark the 25 years since they had brought the church  back into use, a story was told how at first there were no glass in the window and the door did not fit, but now it is truly a lovely church, all credit to those who put in the hard work to make it what it is today.

The service was followed by light refreshments and networking amongst our new found friends. I also met some old friends who are part of the church.

Below is a pictorial of part of what went on there this afternoon after the service.

No birthday party can be complete without the traditional Birthday Cake. So it appeared and we were all given a piece, tasted lovely.

We were also given a present to take away with us with some fantastic cards and a lovely piece of art all made locally along with books about the church and one titled Twenty Years as Archbishop.

It was soon time to load up the car and make our way home, a busy day but a very enjoyable one. Tired yes but also contented.

I think everyone we have met today can say that they are “Part of The Team”.

The first of my columns in the Shrewsbury Chronicle appeared this week and we are already writing up four more “We’re Proud Of Shrewsbury” articles for the coming weeks please if you have a positive story about Shrewsbury and you feel it should be in the Chronicle then please let Suzi Wilkinson know at Shrewsbury Town Council     Tel No 01743 257654





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