VE Day 75th Anniversary plans in Norfolk
7 May 2020
Churches and others across the Diocese of Norwich are not letting the lockdown stop them from marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with style! Celebrations span from virtual tea parties to community messages of hope - truly capturing the spirit of VE Day in a uniquely poignant context.
Here are just some of the activities happening on Friday:
Virtual VE Day Service at Christchurch and St Andrew’s churches, Eaton, Norwich
At 10.45am via Zoom, these two churches will host a special service for VE Day – please contact ahead of time if you would like to attend.
They have also launched an appeal to restore the local war memorial in time for the centenary of its installation in May 2021.
Great Yarmouth Rector to mark council’s commemoration
The Revd Simon Ward has been asked by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to say some prayers to go online at 11am, along with a trumpeter playing the last post. He’ll be doing this from the garden of the Rectory, in view of Great Yarmouth Minster.
Thorpe St Andrew’s day of activities
The community at Thorpe St Andrew will “all ‘join together'” in celebration of VE Day. They begin with hymns and prayers at 9am on their Facebook page, followed by a live update from the Rector at 10.30am to confirm the rest of the day’s festivities!
Norwich church displays hope messages on VE day
Members of St Thomas Norwich church have launched a project in which bunting with community messages of hope will be installed on 8 May, VE Remembrance Day. Find out more here.
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. Find out more here.
Bishop Graham to give closing reflection for Norfolk County Council’s VE Day commemoration
The Rt Revd Graham Usher has recorded a reflection as part of Norfolk County Council’s online marking of VE Day, alongside Lord and Lady Dannatt, to be broadcast online.