Martham’s Big stay at home VE Day picnic

The parish church in Martham is joining with villagers to celebrate the forthcoming VE Day in style with a stay at home picnic and a live streamed act of remembrance and prayers of thanksgiving.

A Facebook page has been created to co-ordinate a number of planned activities to bring together the local community. Villagers are being encouraged to decorate a window for VE day with red, white and blue and share the picture on the page.

Emma Sivyer, wife of the vicar, the Revd Steven Sivyer explains:

“We’re creating a playlist of 1940s songs for people to use and we’re inviting them to upload a video or TikTok of themselves performing a song or dance from the 1940s, or of them enjoying their picnic.

“We hope that we may be able to get video stories from our local care home of those who may remember the first VE Day.  We’re also hoping that people might share their recipes – remembering the rationing that was experienced during the war years – although now people might have to find a substitute for flour, rather than eggs!

“It’s a way of celebrating a significant event in our history and bringing our community together, even while apart during this time.”

If you want to discuss how to do something similar in your area, you can contact Emma or Steven Sivyer at: znegunz.erpgbel@ogvagrearg.pbz