Big summer art exhibition at Acton JUl 2014

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undefinedThis ambitious arts event was held at St Mary's church, Acton, Nantwich, earlier this month (July). The theme for the exhibition was World War I and Acton in 1914. The exhibition consisted of pieces of work beautifully presented by every child from the primary school.

The church hosted the art exhibition in close collaboration with Acton C of E primary school, various local community groups and individuals from the parish.

Contributions ranged from war posters to ‘letters from the trenches’ and valued memorabilia. Among the artefacts displayed were poems written by soldiers in France, and postcards sent home. The memories of a soldier who had his leg amputated, being nursed to health in a German hospital, gave some icounter-cultural insights into the war. 

Ordinary memorabilia from 1914 was also included, such as farm implements, and the 1914 punishment book from the local primary school. Many of the names were recognisable as grandfathers of some of our present congregation.

The weekend started with a whole school service where winners of a literacy competition, sponsored by the parish, were awarded for writing which demonstrated understanding of the thoughts and feelings of the young men who served on the Western Front. At the end of the service every child was presented with a copy of St. John’s Gospel.

At the opening of the there was a performance by Acton Church Music Group of a specially written and arranged anthem reflecting on the futility of war. Poetry was read and there the evening came to a crescendo with the Staffordshire Drum Corps playing ‘The Last Post’.

The exhibition culminated on the Sunday evening with a candlelit service for world peace in the style of a service that would have been held in Acton in 1914. Here the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop gave a moving address about our responsibilities in promoting a peaceful world. The service was enhanced and supported by the music group who sang arrangements throughout.

Overall, the weekend provided an ideal opportunity for the whole community to learn about the importance of peace, be thankful for sacrifices made in the past, and to  value the importance of striving for a better world for future generations.

Above, Staffordshire Drum Corps, led by Major David Keates, at the exhibition's preview evening

Below, St Mary’s Music Group perform at the exhibition

 

Top picture,  some of the art exhibits