Soham Remembers Exhibition

Soham Remembers Exhibition November 2018

“…what a wonderful display of strength, hard work and coming together of our local community 

to create such a poignant and fitting commemoration…”

This quote, taken from the visitor comment book at St Andrew’s Church, sums up the amazing community effort that saw the people of Soham coming together with resolute commitment and wonderful creativity to produce a moving spectacle of remembrance for the Soham Remembers Exhibition.  

The exhibition, part-funded by St Andrew’s’ recent Heritage Lottery Fund grant, brought together young and old, from a variety of groups in the town, to produce a stunning tribute to those who fought in WW1. Passing through the centre of Soham, one can’t have failed to notice the knitted poppies decorating the trees in St Andrew’s churchyard.  This display continued inside with over 7,000 knitted poppies used to transform the church. Soham Knit and Knatter group and friends spent the past year diligently knitting the poppies to create this remarkable and inspiring spectacle. Inside the church, St Andrew’s flower arrangers created 16 scenes inspired by daily family life of those left behind as well as the experiences of servicemen on the front. Soham Rocks also contributed their unique art works to complement the display.  The exhibition was a poignant and stirring reminder of the hardships and realities of life for everyone during wartime. Particularly, moving were the historical materials used in the displays including personal mementos and the photographs of the 137 Soham men who lost their lives in WW1, produced by Soham Heritage and Tourism. 

Local schools had a pivotal role in the exhibition creating displays of hand-made/hand-painted poppies, soldiers’ letters home and an evocative DVD from Soham Village College Year 9 students from their recent visit to the WW1 battlefields.  Music also played a key part in the exhibition with a concert of patriotic music by Soham Comrades Band and a performance of WW1 war time songs by Year 6 pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School.

On Remembrance Sunday, the parade, services at the war memorial and St Andrew’s Church, the lighting of a beacon on Soham Rec. and bell-ringing brought together Soham British Legion, Soham Churches and the wider town in a stirring act of community remembrance.  

Donations from the sale of poppies at St Andrew’s Church will be shared between the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and St Andrew’s Church.

Photos of the exhibition can be accessed via https://photos.app.goo.gl/EHULDV8JtAXu8LVP6

 

 

Some photos from the exhibition

Soham Rocks

Some of the members of Soham Knit and Knatter 

Display commemorating the 1918 Armistice

Some of the Soham soldiers who lost their lives in WW1

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely visited St Andrew's Church during the Soham Remembers exhibition. He is standing with (from left to right) Susan Taylor, Linda Palmer and Carol Weyman who made it happen, and the Reverend Eleanor Whalley, Vicar of Soham