Remembrance Day November 11th 2018
The London Borough of Bromley Council opened St. George’s RAF Chapel to the public and in conjunction with the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust organised a Service of Remembrance on this day at 10.30am. They produced and printed 150 copies of the order of service and arranged for the choir, organist and trumpeter to be present.
Parking was a bit of an issue as the building contractors were still on site, so nothing was available to the public. This proved to be no deterrent to the 240 plus people who came to pay their respects and to honour those who gave their lives for us.
The Chapel was full to bursting, some had to stand in the entrance as there was no room inside. Extra chairs were needed in St. George’s room, the Air Training Corps Cadets rose to the occasion and ferried more from their building but it was still standing room only for many people. Decorated officers from the armed forces were present along with those who had travelled a distance, Hertfordshire, Eastbourne, Bournemouth, Birmingham to name but a few, and of course, the people of Biggin Hill, the Chapel congregation and Beckenham Rugby Cyclists.
The Chapel itself looked beautiful with sun streaming in through the newly cleaned stained-glass windows, lighting the sanded floor and the freshly cleaned and repaired hassocks. Two poppy arrangements were on display either side of the aisle.
An emotive service was conducted by Reverend Peter Hills and Father Gerald Flood and the Act of Remembrance by Air Commodore John Bell. 2427 (Biggin Hill) Squadron Air Training Corps paraded their Banner and a short wreath laying ceremony took place inside the Chapel during the service. The collection raised in excess of £700 to go to the Royal British Legion.
Further wreaths were laid after the service, underneath the Gate Guardian. The ATC cadets assembled with their Banner, the trumpeter played the Last Post and Reverend Peter Hills said a short prayer. Wreaths were laid by: Royal British Legion, the Friends, ATC, Protect the Chapel group and one in memory of all those who flew from the Biggin Hill sector.
If anyone would like a copy of the order of service, please leave name and address and one will be posted to you.
Wreath laying under the Spitfire
2427 (Biggin Hill) Squadron, Air Training Corps
Beckenham Rugby Cyclists