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Husthwaite Remembers 100 Years On

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We can truly say that Husthwaite was the place to be on 11 November. The respect, celebration and community spirit shown were awe inspiring.

We started the day with the traditional remembrance service at the church which despite the weather was a moving ceremony for those that worked so hard to make our lives what they have turned out to be. Lives filled with joy and freedom, that many who strove so hard to achieve were never able to see. Their challenges and efforts must always be remembered and inspire us.

The evening's events followed.

The bells of the church were rung by John Ovenston. Around 100 villagers congregated around the huge (and I mean HUGE) bonfire on Richard Duffield's field a top Beacon Banks. The fire was started at 7pm prompt and with the relatively warm but strong southerly winds it burned strong and bright as can be seen in this picture on the cover.

The "Beacon" could be seen for miles around. As the fire slowed slightly we followed with a lovely firework display.

When the events on Beacon Banks were over, it was time for Pie and Peas at the village hall. An incredible job was done by all the volunteers in the hall, led by Lynn Colton, where 130 people gathered and had a great time eating their supper and talking to neighbours and friends. Councillor Peter Fox rounded off events with his witty thanks to all those who had contributed to making the event happen.

It was a great night for Husthwaite and showed us all how good it was to live in such a fabulous community. Wow.

I would like to thank everyone for coming along and enjoying themselves, all the volunteers and contributors who supported the events and the Parish Council for organising the event. Please let us build on this momentum and make sure we come along to more of the fantastic events the Village Hall put on for us to enjoy.
Craig Colton