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2017 PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event
2017 PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event, Saturday 13 May 2017 at 11:30 am
St Leonard's Church, Wixoe, Suffolk CO10 8UB
|St Leonard's 12th Century Grade II* church at Wixoe|
We are pleased to announce our sixth PPA Wixoe Remembrance Event on Saturday 13 May 2017 at St Leonard's Church in Wixoe, Suffolk, where Popski and Pamela are buried together. This is the Saturday nearest to the anniversary of Popski's death on the 15th, and the event commemorates both Popski and Pamela, as well as the men of Popski's Private Army.
This year we note that it's the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Popski's Private Army.
|Popski and Pamela in their flat off Sloane Square, Kensington (Chris Ware, Keystone Press Agency Ltd)|
Order of Service
The Wixoe Order of Service, and especially the two hymns, is based upon the one for Popski's funeral in 1951.
Reverend Stuart Mitchell, Rector of St Leonard's, will conduct the service.
(tbc), Organist, will lead the hymns.
(tbc), will read the Lesson.
Roy Paterson, foPPA Secretary, will talk about Popski, Pamela and PPA.
(tbc), a Bugler will sound The Last Post and The Reveille.
(tbc), will read Corporal Ben Owen's Poem.
(tbc), will read the Kohima Epitaph (tbc).
How to get to Wixoe
Wixoe village is off the A1092, East of Haverhill, between the villages of Sturmer and Stoke-by-Clare, on a line drawn between Cambridge and Colchester. Navigation failures will result in RTU!
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RSVP Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you are coming (and if you are not) and how many are in your party.
Invitations Although only one Invitation Card is sent per family, you can still bring along as many people as you want, and extra souvenir cards are available on request. You do not need to have an Invitation Card to attend: all and all ages are welcome. Bring your foPPA Invitation Card anyway though, to collect autographs, and don’t forget your camera (see Video below). Maybe also bring along any PPA documents and photos to show everyone.
Email addresses Please could you send us an email anyway, as soon as you get this invitation, even if you're not coming, so that we can keep your contact details up to date in our database. Last year we found that many people had changed their email address and didn't tell us, so our messages were bounced back as "This email could not be delivered", and they don't know what we're up to! Thanks.
Medals Please dress smartly, with medals, but warmly and comfortably as you may be outside for a while.
Parking and comfort Wixoe is a very small village and the church does not have a carpark. Please park considerately. Please note that there are no public toilet facilities in the village nor at St Leonard's Church.
Video If you wish to use a video camera, it is quite ok to film the event inside and outside the church, with discretion and consideration for others.
Visitor's Book The foPPA Visitor's Book will be available for signing after the service at back of the church.
Collection A collection will be made after the service in support of St Leonard's.
Service The Service of Remembrance will be followed by a move to Popski's and Pamela's grave to lay a wreath.
De-briefing After the service and wreath laying we'll go to The Bell Hotel in Clare, for our usual refreshments and exchange of PPA stories. Clare is just a few miles East of Wixoe on the A1092.
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Insurance We should like you to note that you attend this event under your own insurance arrangements. FoPPA does not provide insurance cover for this or any other events and all persons attend this event at their own risk.
The PPA Memorial Fund
Although the funding focus for the day will be on St Leonard's, we should like to take this opportunity to say that running these event always eats into our funding, so you may like to consider helping to top us up again! Many thanks to all our kind supporters around the world.