Branscombe remembers

OLD and young turned out to remember the war dead in Branscombe on Armistice Day.

More than 70 residents, including 30 Branscombe Primary School pupils, attended a service at St Winifred’s Church, led by Brigadier Nigel Speller.

The weather had forced the event, which normally takes place at the War Memorial, inside. The schoolchildren recited poems and readings and a two-minute silence was observed.

The youngsters had also done some research into the 15 names on the village’s War Memorial.

Pupils then placed a cross for each of the names on the memorial in a garden of remembrance and laid a poppy wreath.

Branscombe Royal British Legion branch president Ralph Cox said: “The mood was just right.”

When the children returned to school, the adults went to the village hall for tea and biscuits prepared by the women’s section of the branch. This raised around �100 for the Poppy Appeal.