On Sunday friends and family joined the Welbeck Students and Staff for their annual Remembrance Service. For the first time since being at this site we had rain in the morning, but it stopped in time for the Drumhead Service which was conducted by Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief Operations, The Reverend (Group Captain) Tim Wright QHC Bsc MTh RAF.
A Drumhead Service was a religious service conducted in the field during armed conflict, often near the battlefront. Lacking a church to attend, the military command used its drums, piled neatly and draped with appropriate colours to create an alter. Military chapliains or padres were ecpected to conduct non-denominational or multi-denominational services for the troops. The Drumhead was a generic altar suited to its military purpose.
Our students created the Drumhead at the start of the service on Sunday which was witnessed by over 1000 staff, friends and family. The names of the six fallen Welbexians were read out by the Chaplain and The Last Post was followed by two minutes silence.
Wreaths were laid by:
Col Robert martin OBE DL (Lord Lieutenant's representative)
The Prinicpal and Brigadier David Eastman (in memory of Old Welbexians)
Mr Mervyn Greenhalgh (in memory of vetrans on behalf of the Ex-PoW Association)
Four wreaths were laid by the youngest Cadets from each of the Services at the College.
The College Band expertly accompanied the congregation for the hymns and brought the service to a close with the National Anthem.
Students were then given leave out to spend the day with their families and friends.
Money was raised for the Poppy Appeal through the sale of Poppys, collections and a silent auction of student artwork.