On the evening of the 9th, we held our annual ‘Evening to Remember’ service at Newport Minster. Once again, our students joined with the wider community, in remembering those who have sadly lost their lives in armed conflicts.
The evening was truly moving and our students acted with respect and solemnity in marking this annual remembrance event.
Upon arrival at the church, attendees were greeted by the sight of many uniformed personnel and a military vehicle with standards flying. There was also a single candle burning, signifying eternal life.
The evening opened with a lone piper – setting the dignified mood of the evening. As a slow march was played, a solemn procession set off to the altar. RAF and Army cadets, along with Carisbrooke College students carrying candles, made a sobering vision. Silence filled the church; not even the babies in the congregation made a sound.
The event encompassed representatives from many organisations, including representation from the Isle of Wight Council; WO1 RSM Nicholas Osman RAMC 33 Field Hospital, Gosport; Reverend Marcus Bagg; along with parents and colleagues from the schools.
Students from Newport Primary joined us in laying poppies, and reading facts about the Somme, which caused us all to reflect on the true amount sacrificed.
The evening’s programme included readings, poems, and stories, along with songs from the Carisbrooke College choir. A two minute silence was observed, and the Last Post was played by Faye Williams, an
ex-Carisbrooke College student. The Exhortation and Dedication was read by Cllr Ian Ward.
The evening concluded as it had started. The sounds of the pipes reverberated around the church, as the procession reversed their route, carrying the candles and the Union Flag, from the altar to the military vehicle waiting outside.
Since the event the college has received lots of positive feedback, including the following:
“A big well done and congratulations to all the students and staff on a superb performance at Newport Minster; the whole occasion was spot on. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to those involved - outstanding.”
“I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful Evening to Remember last night. It made me so very proud that my children are part of Carisbrooke College.”
We will remember them.