During the weekend of the 20 - 22 July the parish church of St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst will be transformed into a garden of reflection as a tribute to those who fought and died in World War One.
With support from organisations inc. Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The Church will be decorated in flowers marking key battles of the four year conflict. There will be plenty of chance to pause and remember their sacrifice.
We'd like you help to make this a memorable event.
Firstly, you can download the 'poppy' template (by clicking on the 'camera' icon) - or make your own for display in church. Poppies of four colours are welcome;
Red Poppies - to mark our remembrance
Black Poppies - remembering those of coloured descent who died
Purple Poppies - remembering the million+ animals that died in service to our country.
and White Poppies - in the hope of everlasting Peace.
Secondly, we'd like to create an 'Immortal Army' collage.
This would be made up of photos of relatives that died in World War One and will adorn the walls of the Lady Chapel. Please email your photos using the envelope icon.
Lastly, do you have the skills for flower arranging - if so, would you like to design a display for our on our windows? or would you like to sponsor a window (approx. £30 cost)
There are plenty of other ideas we are coming up with too and always happy to take suggestions - so please get in touch with
What you can expect to see...
In the centre of Church will be a 9ft high Poppy Cross and central area of reflection. Each window will have a display of flowers and will be commemorating a specific battle. A World War One Poem will help you to focus the mind, and there will be area in front of each window to allow you to plant a poppy-cross in remembrance of your relative.
Our 'Immortal Army' will be displayed in the Lady Chapel along with a timeline of the various battles and key events from the four years.
Help for Heroes, and the Tilehurst Branch of the Royal British Legion will have stalls for you to support, and there will be plenty of refreshments and lunches to keep you going.
1 May 2018
We are happy to announce that Tilehurst Vets (School Road) are sponsoring a display in memory of the 16million+ animals that took part during The Great War
15 April 2018
Leaflets will soon be coming through the doors the parish launching Flanders Field.
27 March 2018
The Parish church of St. James the Less has agreed to lend us there display of 255 crotchet poppies as part of the display remembering the naval Battle of the Falklands, 6 December 1914.
15 March 2018
Wells Cathedral School have been in contact and our prepared to loan us a large display that there pupils have recent completed.
1 March 2018
A member of our congregation was recently clearing out the relatives loft and has found a book of over 1000 pages, which covers 'the mobilisation of Reading' it in are photos of key scenes and events.
Photos of the men from the Royal Berkshire Regiments and details as to what happened to them during the four year period. This will be our Memorial Book and will reside on the High-Altar. I am currently trying to capture certain pages so that they can be printed and displayed around the church - as you can imagine this is fairly challenging....
The book will then be donated to the Royal Berkshire Museum for restoration.
Schedule of Events
Organ recital by Tim Munday, played on an organ donated in memory of Mj. George Beaumont-Tyser who fell at the Battle the Somme.
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Church and displays open with refreshments and lunches available. Stalls from the Royal British Legion (Tilehurst branch) and Help for Heroes will be available.
Festival Service with the Ven. Olivia Graham.
12:00 - 15:30
Church and displays Open with refreshment and lunches etc.
15:30 - 16:00
Service of Evensong with final commemoration and supported by the TIlehurst Royal British Legion. There is also a chance this will be broadcast on Radio Berkshire.