On Sunday 20th September, Romsey Town Mayor, Dorothy Baverstock held her Civic Service to celebrate unity in the Romsey Community and to bless the recently unveiled War Horse Statue, which is located in the Memorial Park. The Statue commemorates the 10 million human and 8 million animal lives lost during the First World War.
Romsey Scouts paraded to the service, which was held in Romsey Memorial Park, before attending.
The service opened with a prayer, followed by the popular hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Some Pupils from Romsey Abbey Primary School then read poems that they had written especially for the service. The poems tackled issues such as pollution, the loss of biodiversity, adults having more respect for the younger generation and the problems left by previous generation that they, the children, have to tackle. The poems received hearty applause. Izaak Murray, 15, of Romsey Scouts, said that they were “very topical and thought-provoking.”
Councillor Ian Richards of Romsey Council, then read a story about volunteering, something he believes Romsey does well.
James Rogers of New Life Church, Romsey, then sung ‘Better Together’ while playing the guitar. Tom Bell, 17, of Romsey Scouts, felt that it was “fantastic to see some local talent at a service of such importance.” He summarised it as “the highlight of a truly great event.”
The attendees then sung the melodic hymn, ‘Amazing Grace.’
The church leaders then prayed for the Community, our Queen, the Town Mayor and those in need, such as low-income families in the Community and Syrian refugees.
The Lord’s Prayer was then spoken followed by a story from the Mayor of Romsey, Dorothy Baverstock, about the journey of the statue, from its conception to its unveiling in July 2015, by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
The Reverend Tim Sledge then blessed the Horse, before blessing the houses in Romsey. The attendees then sang “Give me Oil in my Lamp” followed by the National Anthem.
The service concluded with a final blessing from Reverend Sledge and some thank-yous from the Mayor.