Finchley church to mark start of First World War

Times Series: Lynn Radnedge has organised the event Lynn Radnedge has organised the event

A chorister has composed a piece of music based on a wartime poem for a memorial evening.

Daniel Griffith, who lives in Finchley, has created a piece of music based on A Soldier’s Cemetery for an evening at St Mary’s Church, in Hendon Lane, Finchley.

The service, in Flanders Fields, will be held on Sunday at St Mary's Church, where Mr Griffith is a long-serving choir member, and will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

His piece is based on A Soldier’s Cemetery by John Streets, who was killed in battle in 1916 and will feature alongside other First World War reflections about Finchley.

Children from the junior church are creating a collage of the churchyard with poppies and memorials for the service, which will be attended by Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer and other local councillors.

The evening has been organised by Lynn Radnedge, of Cyprus Avenue, Finchley, who is the chairman of the church’s 'green and fair group.'

She said: “We have used our annual summer refreshment evening to mark this important anniversary in a gentle and reflective way with items which speak not just of pain and loss but of peace, love and forgiveness.”

Ms Radnedge, who is a local actress and performer, created a First World War show When The Poppies Bloom Again being launched at Stephens House in August.

She added: “Some of the local facts including letters from the front to Finchley will be used on Sunday. The service will be followed by Fairtrade wine and summer refreshments and the church will be decorated with flowers and foliage from our churchyard.”

The ceremony will take place at 6pm.

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