Reaseheath College Remembrance event 2018

Reaseheath College students in Nantwich commemorated the 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice with poignant displays of what the significant anniversary means to them.

Activities across college culminated with a display of 1,400 crosses made by construction students and laid out by countryside students on the college’s main lawn to spell the words ‘Thank You’.

Students and staff from all departments, some with goats, ponies and dogs from Reaseheath’s Animal Management Centre and Zoo, gathered at the display on Friday at 11am to pay tribute with two minutes of silence and reflection.

As well as remembering the soldiers and civilians who have and continue to lose lives in conflict, students also paid homage to the 16 million animals put into service during World War 1 and who endured horrific conditions transporting ammunition, ambulances, food rations and messages.

Poppies, old photos and researched articles were on show and included an Animal Management display about animals in war, a weeping window display by floristry and horticulture students, fabricated wreaths manufactured by engineering and motor vehicle students and historic photos and researched articles in the equine, agriculture, food manufacture and foundation departments.

Food technology and bakery students also had a cake and biscuit sale to raise funds for The Royal British Legion and Murphy’s Army Purple Poppy Appeal.

Peter and Kay Epton Nantwich and district The Royal British Legion (1)

Animal students at Reaseheath at Remembrance event

Food Technology student Laura Mellor said: “It’s very important that we, as students, remember what happened and who we lost, and also to make sure that atrocities like the two great wars never happen again.”

Peter and Kay Epton, members of the Poppy Appeal team for the Nantwich and District branch of The Royal British Legion, attended the commemoration along with Jennifer Donald, Community Fund Raiser for The Royal British Legion’s East Cheshire area.

Peter said: “Reaseheath’s students have put on a brilliant display and the whole tribute has been a tremendous success.

“It’s important that the current generation remember the sacrifices of previous generations.”

Jennifer added: “This is a fantastic example of young people saying ‘thank you’ to those who served, sacrificed and changed our world for ever.”

Sam Fullwood and charlotte Millington L3 Bakery and Patisserie students 4 tier cake (1)

Sam Fullwood and Charlotte Millington

Eloise McLintock L3 Floristry (1)

Eloise McLintock

Lowri Crowder, Kaitlin Bithell, Mia De Gaunza, Jess McCully, Shayla Rigg, Rachel Jones, Harry Will & Charlie (1)

Lowri Crowder, Kaitlin Bithell, Mia De Gaunza, Jess McCully, Shayla Rigg, Rachel Jones, Harry Will & Charlie

Watch Reaseheath College’s video of the commemorations:

Meanwhile, Wrenbury Nursing home held its own Remembrance Sunday a few days early on Thursday November 8.

Residents were visited by the local church ladies Elizabeth and Jean who conducted a service in remembering those who fought in the war.

Also local singer Charlie Churchill sang wartime songs.

“They had an amazing time,” said a home spokeswoman.

wrenbury nursing home 2

wrenbury nursing home 1

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