On Friday 10th November, a Remembrance Service with a difference was held at the Village Square in Raploch. A service is held annually but for the first time it was led by local schools and nursery children.

Children from Raploch Nursery, Castleview Primary, Our Lady’s Primary, Raploch Primary and Wallace High School participated. They were supported by the Noise Choir, Big Noise musicians; David & Veronica and of course, the Drip Road Churches.

During the service, we sang non-traditional songs written to Nursery Rhyme tunes which everyone recognised. Instead of the traditional trumpet, Simone from Wallace High played the trombone.

Highlights from the service were: the Makaton Choir, drawn from the nursery and all three primaries plus additional helpers, who signed for “Do you know where I find peace”; the young people from Big Noise who played the Lament, “Hector the Hero” which brought tears to the eye; and the Noise Choir singing “ The King’s Shilling.

Following the service, adults and children moved to St. Mark’s Halls to enjoy well-earned refreshments, (it was bitterly cold!) while the Makaton Choir headed for Castleview Primary for their warm up and refreshment.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to all who came.