Loom band chain created for Upper Beeding War Memorial

Parading the standards to the altar

Parading the standards to the altar

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REPLICAS of the book soldiers were given to carry in the First World War were handed out at Upper Beeding’s Remembrance Sunday service.

The book contained scripture readings, prayers, hymns and messages for the soldiers to have with them as they went into battle.

The Rev John Challis, who led the service at St Peter’s Church wearing his grandfather’s World War One medals, explained: “It was meant to encourage and inspire them, so I gave all the children a copy on the centenary.

“I also explained that poppies weren’t around 100 ago, so everyone was given rosemary, the plant of remembrance, and given the choice to lay it on the war memorial or even plant it and use it next year.”

This year’s Remembrance was a special service to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Members of 1st Beeding and Bramber Scout Group carried each section’s standard to the altar and prayers were read by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Read more in Thursday’s Steyning Herald.