Event at St Michael’s 7 November 2015
St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Swanmore hosted a Heritage Memories Coffee Morning, to encompass a Time to Remember, those who died in WW1, WW2 and the conflicts which have continued. 11 RSHG Members, attended, despite miserable wind and rain, and enjoyed warm beverages, with delicious scones and cakes. Many memories, accompanied by artefacts and photographs were exchanged. There was much discussion on the Bettesworth Road and Church Street (now St Michael’s Avenue) bombings.
An interesting and informative talk was given on the steel bells hung at St Michael’s which are the only ones on the Isle of Wight and amongst only a few nationally. A member of the audience also recalled ringing the bells when he was a boy. There was an opportunity for visitors to climb the high stairs and view the bells.
The morning concluded with a short Act of Remembrance service in the Lady Chapel.