Sunday 11th November was a significant date for both St Mary’s church and our local community this year. A service was held at the British Legion Club on Houndsfield Lane, before a parade with uniformed organisations and the Kings Norton Marching Band down to the war memorial on Alcester Road, and then back. The weather was cold but brilliant sunshine as the parade was met by 300-400 people for a hymn, prayers and two minutes silence. The congregation was the highest for many years.
For over two decades Church and Legion have organised separate Remembrance services, but this year was different as St Mary’s cancelled our two services so our congregation could join with everyone else. Rev. Rich Burley, our vicar, laid a wreath on behalf of the church, but also received the British Legion stole at the end of the service as he took over the role of Legion Chaplain. A round of applause was given to Rev. Colin Barron as he stepped down from the post.