On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2014, Chesham's community came together to remember the sacrifices made by its townspeople during World War One, and marked the centenary of the outbreak of the war with a series of commemorative events.
Candlelit procession along the High Street on 4th August (Image by Terry Cherrill)
This included a service and wreath-laying at the War Memorial in The Broadway, tree planting and a concert by the RAF Halton Band in Lowndes Park, followed by a pigeon release. The newly re-hung Town Bell was struck for the first time in Market Square whilst Chesham's fatality list was read out. A service of reflection was held at St. Mary's Church and a candle-lit vigil took place at Chesham United Reformed Church.
On the 4th August, a candle-lit parade took place from Market Square to the War Memorial, followed by a service of remembrance.
You can view a video by Kirsty Wright of some of the events on YouTube.
After the Weekend
Chesham Town Council is grateful to Barry Collins for creating and donating a painting to commemorate Chesham Remembers. If you would like to view the painting, it is on display in the Lowndes Room at the Town Hall.
Thanks are due to the following organisations which supported the Chesham Remembers events:
Chesham Town Council, Chiltern District Council, Churches Together for Chesham, RAFA, RNA, the Royal British Legion, Chesham Museum, Chartridge Lodge Conference Centre, Chesham Library, Chesham Mosque & H.G. Matthews Brickworks.