On Sunday November 30th Vice Admiral Duncan Potts, Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy, unveiled the new Remembrance windows at St Alban's Church Watchfield in recognition of those Servicemen and women who lost their lives for their country during the First World War and other conflicts. The dedication of the windows was led by Reverend Doctor David Coulter, the Chaplain General.
The Shrivenham Station church, which serves the Defence Academy community, launched a fundraising appeal earlier this year to raise the £8,000 needed to create the windows. The church, which is has both a Protestant and Catholic congregation, was initially built as a shop for the military community in 1937. It was converted into a place of worship several years ago.
“We felt it was fitting to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with a permanent memorial,” said Wing Commander Simon Twose, Commanding Officer of the Shrivenham Station site. “We were also sensitive to the fact that armed conflict has not stopped in the intervening years and we commissioned the windows to be as timeless as possible to recognise the fallen of both historical and future conflicts.”
The service, which was followed by an informal reception, included local civic leaders and representatives of commercial organisations, charitable trusts and individuals who donated for the design, manufacture and installation of the windows.