We had planned a week's exhibition and a Thanksgiving Service to help Gorran Haven mark the VE75 celebrations that were due to be held across the nation from the 8th to the 10th May. Sadly due to the current health emergency we have postponed the exhibition to a date yet to be decided. However, we felt the occasion was too important not to be marked hence we offered the village our virtual VE75 celebration held in the confines of their own household whilst observing all the government's guidelines. Below are the details of the competition winners. See the videos presentations that formed the virtual events...
The VE75 Thanksgiving Service includes hymns & Bible readings from 1945, the Tribute to the Millions, a look at the historical & spiritual significance of VE Day & a message from Church Leader Geoff Fox entitled "A Time For War & A Time For Peace."
The VE75 Evening Meditation "When The Lights Go On Again" reflects on the events of VE Night. The presentation starts with the details of the competition prize winners.
An act of remembrance kicked off the VE75 commemorations and recalls those from Gorran Haven who were killed in World War Two & those who died on active service in the parish.
The sound of the bagpipes sounding out "Battle's O'er" & a tune especially written for the 75th anniversary of VE Day with footage of wartime Cornwall & blitzed Plymouth.
Three modern soldiers tell how they grappled with the issue of peace in the 21st century.
The soundtrack to the VE75 tea celebration. With footage from VE Day in London, photos of Gorran Haven in the war & of Cornwall on VE Day, plus some of those from Gorran Haven who served, this presentation will get you singing along.
A reflective presentation to end the day. The sound of church bells from 8th May 1945 and the evening hymn round off our virtual VE75 day of events.
We have produced a leaflet which tells a little of the story of how World War Two impacted one family in Gorran Haven and touches on some of the themes of Geoff's message in the VE75 Thanksgiving Service. If you would like to receive a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving a name & a postal address & we'll either pop it through the letterbox if local or post it to you free of charge.
Best Boy - Joel
Best Girl - Olivia
Your prize of a £10 Google Play voucher & Bible will be winging their way too you asap.
Thanks to everyone who entered into the spirit of the occasion and took part.
Winner - Cupcakes & Heart Shaped Victoria Sponge - Matty
Runner Up - Victoria Sponge - Evelyn
Matty wins a £15 Amazon Gift Card & a Bible, Evelyn a novel set in wartime Cornwall.
Thanks to everyone who took part and we especially salute those of you who grappled with wartime ingredients & recipes!
Winner - Linda Care
Linda receives a £15 Amazon Gift Card and a novel set in wartime Cornwall.
Thanks to everyone who took part. We had a good variety of entries that captured the whole range of aspects and emotions of VE Day & the 75 years of peace.
Here is Linda's winning entry entitled "I Have Never":
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO LIVE IN FEAR OF
WHATS OUTSIDE MY DOOR
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO LIE AWAKE
WORRYING ABOUT THE WAR
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO LEAVE MY HOME
AND NEVER HAD TO FLEE
I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN ALL OF THOSE
WHO HAVE MADE MY LIFE SO FREE
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO STAND AND WATCH
AS MY LOVED ONES MARCH AWAY
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO LIVE MY LIFE
PRAYING FOR THEM DAY BY DAY
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO PUT MY CHILD
ONTO A CROWDED TRAIN
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO CRY
ABOUT NOT SEEING THEM AGAIN
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO LIMIT FOOD
TO WHAT’S IN A RATION BOOK
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO STAND IN LINE
WHILST WONDERING WHAT TO COOK
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO FLEE MY HOME
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO HIDE FROM BOMBS
AND LIE AWAKE IN FRIGHT
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO EMERGE IN FEAR
FROM THE UNDERGROUND
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO SEE MY HOME
REDUCED TO A BURNING MOUND
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO HEAR THE NEWS
AND HEAR THE DEATH TOLLS DOUBLE
I HAVE NEVER HAD MY FINGERS BLEED
FROM SIFTING THROUGH THE RUBBLE
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO DIG A FIELD
WITH A PRISONER OF WAR
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO UNDERSTAND
WHO THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN BEFORE
I HAVE NEVER HAD TO SIT AND WAIT
FOR THE KNOCK UPON MY DOOR
I HAVE NEVER HAD A TELEGRAM
TO SAY MY HUSBAND’S LOST AT WAR
I HAVE NEVER BEEN CLOSE TO IMAGINING
WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH
I HAVE NEVER STOPPED BEING THANKFUL
FOR WHAT THEY DID FOR ME AND YOU.
As soon as we can safely and prudently hold the exhibition of photographs of wartime Cornwall we will do so. Watch this space to find out the date.
This shows the Gorran Haven Children's Fete on 17th June 1944.
From the George Ellis Archive.
Courtesy of the Archives & Cornish Studies Service.