The Community of Brize Norton
ST BRITIUS CHURCH
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Remembrance Day celebration of 100 years since the end of World War 1 pictures NEW
Christmas 2018 at St Britius NEW
Cllr Norman MacRae, MBE, Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council spoke as follows:
"Rev James, Deputy Lieutenant, Chairman of the Parish
The Memorial Garden, being sited as it is in your parish, has become an important, if not vital part of the Repatriation Day, providing a place where regimental colleagues, friends, family and the members of the public of this District and beyond can come together and pay their respect and compliments to the fallen and their families.
Today is, for me, and l am sure many of you, a day tinged with both sadness and gratitude! Sadness in that we need a place to greet our fallen service personnel; a son or daughter; a mother or father; a brother or sister who has lost their life service this country of ours. Gratitude in that we, as a District, have provided a place where all can come and show support.
l am acutely conscious of the part your parish plays on Repatriation
Day. As already mentioned, the Memorial Garden is here, but you do more
than that. l know you stand in respect along Brize Norton Road paying
respect; refreshment is provided in your public house. For all of that,
as Chairman of your District Council, l give you all, each and every one
residing here, my heartfelt thanks, on behalf of not only myself, but of
each and every member of each and every family of the fallen
Returning to the present day. The Afghan conflict for our troops is now over. The Union Flag that has ﬂown at the Memorial Garden has become worn, faded and torn and needing replacing. It is fitting that it be replaced. It was obvious to me that the appropriate resting place for this symbol should be in its parish church - here in St Britius. Accordingly, please accept this flag and all that it has represented over the years."
Our two pictures show the framed display that will be mounted below the Union Flag to explain its origin and purpose and the assembled group at the handing over service. Pictured are Mr Brian Crossland Deputy Lieutenant Oxfordshire holding the display, Cllr Norman MacRae holding the Union Flag, Mrs Maxine Crossland Deputy Chair West Oxfordshire District Council to the left of her husband, Rev James Maddern, Mr Michael Henderson Royal British Legion and Mr Alex Postan Brize Norton and Shilton Ward District Councillor and his wife to the right. Others present included Cllr Keith Glazier, Chair of Brize Norton Parish Council and Mrs Lynne Shuker, British Legion Repatriation Liaison Officer and members of the congregation of St Britius.
Photos of St Britius
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Grant from WREN - item in Witney Gazette here
Church role in Repatriations - item in Witney Gazette here
© Phil Holmes Updated on Tuesday 10 April 2011