Sunday 24th July: The days proceeding began with a church service at the Pozieres Church at 11 am with the service being delivered by the local Catholic Priest in conjunction with Father Keith Dalby, Parish Priest of Saint Johns Church, Gordon, Sydney. Father Keith was given the honour of delivering the sermon during which he sent a very strong message to all about the importance of Pozieres in the history of WW1 and the ongoing and lasting friendship between the people of Pozieres and people of Australia.
There was quite a bit of humour between the Catholic and Anglican ministers during the ceremony which was enjoyed by all of the locals.
The church was packed with locals and Aussies which made for a great atmosphere. It was such a very nice feeling amongst people to have ministers from different faiths joining together to deliver such a wonderful service.
After the church service we attended the unveiling of the plaque for the new “Charles Bean School” to be built for the children of Pozieres named in memory of the famous Australian WW1 correspondent. Attending the ceremony was the Mayor of Pozieres Mr Bernard Delattre OAM, Governor of NSW David Hurley and Mrs Hurley Patron of the Pozieres School project along with John McColl OAM French Advisor for Education and Will Davies Historian who are both on the committee for the Pozieres School project. Father Keith once again did the honours with a blessing of the project.
This was followed by a social gathering at the Town Hall where once again we got the opportunity to meet more of the wonderful locals who come out in support of all of the events.
“Bunnings” in France
Photo of Mike Lee outside his favourite store in Albert, Mr Bricolage.
Many visits to purchase materials for the Memorial Park design layout. So wonderful to be greeted by timber supervisor with a handshake and him cutting all requirements to exact sizes. The gentleman could speak a little English and I could understand some French so we got along famously.
A bit like the Bunnings in Oz 15 years ago where there were more staff that knew their stuff. Mr Bricolage staff were very helpful to me.
Mr Bricolage was so impressed with the crosses and poppies that he took his elderly mother back for a visit.
Thanks Mr Bricolage