New Field of Remembrance at Hatfield House
Fr Darren Collins, Rector of Hatfield writes: “Lord & Lady Salisbury, owners of Hatfield House, have had a wonderful Field of Remembrance landscaped into a slope, in front and to the side of Hatfield House. It is in commemoration of the loss of life and suffering in four years of fighting during 1914-1918 in World War 1.
Bishop Michael recently led a service to bless the Field, sprinkling the whole area with holy water. There were children from many local schools attending as well as representatives from the Army, Navy and Airforce and local dignitaries. The children placed wooden crosses bearing poppies, starting to populate the field of remembrance.
The service commenced with an introduction from Lord Salisbury who explained that he would like as many wooden crosses as possible placed between now and November 2018 in the Field. Then on November 11th this year, there will be a special service of remembrance led from the steps of the north front of Hatfield House, which will recreate the service held there in November 1918 after the armistice was signed, which declared a ceasefire.
Please visit the Field of Remembrance and place crosses during the summer, benefit service charities and attend on 11th November, more details to follow.”