Remembrance at St Michael & All Angels

Our Choral Requiem Mass on Remembrance Sunday, November 12th 2023, began at 9.45am followed by the procession to the Bedford Park Memorial Seat. Photo above shows the 2021 Remembrance Sunday service. 

Every November, we highlight a selection of St Michael’s Remembrance links to World War 1 and World War 2, and the 128 names on our war memorials. See their stories and pictures on our WW1 Project website, backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This year we are focussing on ‘Chiswick Women in War’ (right) with an exhibition online and in the church, in memory of David Beresford, who led the WW1 Project and carried out the research.

Last year we marked Remembrance Day, Friday November 11th, with a reading of Cosmo’s War, a play by Bernard Adams, based on the WW1 letters of the artist Cosmo Clark, to and from his family at 44 Rusthall Avenue, Bedford Park. See photograph below, by Jim Cox. The title role was taken by Jamie White, a former member of our Youth Church, who took part in last year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Run. The production raise money for another veterans’ charity, Combat Stress.

Photograph shows the cast of Cosmo’s War with Cosmo’s three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters (and the original family photograph on the big screen)

2021 was the Centenary of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy AppealWe displayed more than 500 poppies knitted by the congregation, on the Parish Memorial screenSee photos of our 2021 Remembrance Sunday Requiem Mass here and read Fr Kevin’s sermon here. Photo below is of Remembrance Sunday 2020, with attendance curtailed by COVID.