Hamstel Infant School and Nursery held their annual Remembrance service on Monday 11th November 2019. We commemorated this special event by holding a service which involved the sounding of the Last Post as played by Mrs Snashall on a trumpet and a march past from members of Westcliff High School for Boys’ Combined Cadet Force.
The children from Hamstel Infant School and Nursery planted a field of red poppies with each of the children making their own poppy from recycled materials to mark this special event.
This year we had two members form the local British Legion who joined us to support our service and to lay a wreath.
The Hamstel Schools were officially opened on August 31st 1914, just twenty seven days after World War 1 was declared, the marking of this special event was even more poignant for all those associated over the years with ‘The Hamstels’.
The schools chose to commemorate the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1 in this moving manner as a way of helping the children of our generation to understand the message of Remembrance and to have a powerful experience they will themselves remember. The sound of a lone bugler playing the Last Post was a very moving moment for all.