VE'll meet again
A long time ago, when we could gather to meet and talk, an idea emerged. To mark VE Day people would be invited to gather in Wetheral Parish Church to show and tell stories of VE Day and what they knew about their families’ experiences of WWII. It was to be an Antiques Road Show setting with a special appearance of the Eden Wild Goose Community Choir. Not to be thwarted and with a desire to turn our losses into gain… we have online. The ‘VE’ll meet again’ idea is being hosted on the Eden Churches website by Eden Wild Goose Storytelling.
Several local families have responded to the invitation to send in some items or memories and the ‘socially distanced’ EWG Community Choir as prepared some recordings, technically brought together by Jerry King, who enables us to sing each week.
Recording of the Facebook live event 'Getting ready for VE Day'
An introduction to the contributions on the website.
40 minutes: Graeme Skinner
Eden Wild Goose Community Choir: Three topical songs.
BBC Radio Cumbria VE Day archive
Ann Allcoat: Mother in Land Army.
Cathryn Baker: Various Warwick on Eden voices.
David Bloomer: My father in London.
Kitty Both Clibborn: Mother's letter about VE Day
Bill Booth: Father's RAF axe
Peter Dixon: Child's gas mark
Connie Eddy: The bombs stopped.
Emma Heseltine Armstrong: My family at war.
Mary Harris: My mother bought a new pink skirt.
Andrew Humphries: Land Army.
David Kemp: My father's letter to me.
Jenny Kendall: About food.
John Nichol: A tremendous sense of relief.
Liz Law: The poems of George Duncan.
Lis Price: Remembering the light.
James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
A comment for VE Day - 90 seconds
The original invitation to contribute
To mark this special anniversary, people invited to share pictures of objects, scenes or people that link to your family’s experience of WWII. I will be especially pleased to hear memories of Victory in Europe Day, 8th May 1945. This is being run by Eden Wild Goose: Storytelling. The ‘Socially Distanced’ Eden Wild Goose Community Choir will sing three well known songs from or about WWII. You might have a medal, ration book, photo, piece of clothing, letter, newspaper, equipment, poem, family quote… or a memory of an event. It could be about your mother, father, aunt, uncle, grand, great grant etc… or yourself. The lock down need not stop us remembering this important anniversary, which as one ninety nine year old veteran told me, was a, ‘tremendous sense of relief’.
Eden Wild Goose
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EWG is a group of people from the community including the villages of Aglionby, Scotby, Cumwhinton, Cotehill, Wetheral, Great Corby, Heads Nook, Corby Hill, Little Corby, Warwick Bridge, Holme Eden and Warwick on Eden, and is an initiative of our local churches.
If you are on Facebook, click for "Eden Wild Goose'
One wing is about local 'interests and activities'
Eden Wild Goose Storytelling
Gathering to share stories of life. (Like this VE Day event)
Eden Wild Goose Community Choir
Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in Wetheral Parish Church (but not that this time)
Eden Wild Goose Crafty Gaggle
Alternate Mondays 7pm in St Paul's Holme Eden Meeting room
Facebook for up to date information
Eden Wild Goose Posada
A shoebox representing the journey of Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem. It travels around schools, and other public places in the lead up to Christmas. Seasonal
Eden Wild Goose Nature
Developing and celebrating an interest in nature.
Eden Wild Goose Art
Exploring the creative arts - See Wetheral Art for All Exhibition
The other wing is about spirituality.
Eden Wild Goose Pray