Rodbourne Remembers – 100th anniversary of the Armistice

Rodbourne Remembers is a joint project between St Augustine’s Church situated in Rodbourne, Swindon and the Rodbourne Community History Group to commemorate those members of community who joined the armed forces during the 1st World War and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Members of the church community, the history group and the pupils and teachers of the local school, Even Swindon Primary, have been busy decorating the church and producing displays.

Until November, the church is open on Saturday mornings from 9.30am until 11.30am, Sundays from 9.30am until 10.30am, or by arrangement.  Please contact us if you would like to come and visit and can’t make Saturdays or Sundays.

You are welcome to come and visit St Augustine’s from 3rd to 17th November when the church will be open at the following times for general visiting:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 11am – 2pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7pm – 9pm
  • Saturdays: 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Sundays: 9.30am – 10.30am (prior to the Sunday service).

Installations around the church

Hanging Poppies

The unique display of 1,300 poppies hanging through the church reminds us of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.  Each poppy represents almost 700 casualties.  They are arranged in lines to represent the trenches where so many men died, and in rows of 100 representing the centenary of the armistice.  The green light bathing the pillars represents the battlefields. The display constantly changes with the natural draughts in the building.  The poppies were made by pupils from Even Swindon Primary School and St Augustine’s Church.

For the Fallen

The words of Laurence Binyon’s poem are displayed on the pillars, designed to be a reflective journey around the church.  The most famous verse, “They shall grow not old…”  is displayed on the altar dais.  The memorial candle was lit on the 100th anniversary of the start of the war in 2014, and will be extinguished on Remembrance Sunday.  The first verse of the poem is on the western most pillar near the prayer corner.

Poppy Cascade

Poppies knitted by Rodbourne Community History Group cascade down over the font, reminiscent of the display in the moat of the Tower of London in 2014.  It ends with 56 memorial crosses to represent the men from Rodbourne who never came home.

High Altar Cloth and Memorial Candles

The altar cloth, in olive green, represents both the battlefields, with the olive colour also representing peace.   More knitted poppies on the cloth create a border to the memorial candles which form part of the display.  The four outer candles name the men from Rodbourne, while the central candle is inscribed with a prayer for peace.

There but not there

Across the country, hundreds of life sized silhouettes will be installed in churches, cathedrals and many public buildings and spaces commemorate the centenary of the armistice.  The 10 silhouettes have been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust.