Tag: St Peter de Mancroft Church

Remembrance Sunday 2016

This morning I had the honour of being the guest of Joe Stirling at the Act of Remembrance hosted by Norwich City Council.  I stood with him on the famous balcony of Norwich City Hall, where the Queen and other members of royalty have stood on special occasions since the late 1930s.  The sun shone and the soldiers, both young and old, looked magnificent in their uniforms and medals. The clergy and the choir from St Peter de Mancroft Church turned out in their snow white surplices.   The Salvation Army provided the music and the Two Minute Silence followed by Reveille was moving as always. The Lord Mayor, Marion Maxwell looked splendid in her gown and hat as she laid a wreath alongside those from the service groups, including of course The Royal British Legion.  Another great Norwich Civic Event, witnessed by a good crowd of locals and shoppers.  Thanks to Joe for inviting me.

They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Latest ‘Escaping Hitler’ Review in Norwich

I was delighted with a recent review of Escaping Hitler published in the September edition of Mancroft And More, the quarterly magazine from the editorial team at St Peter de Mancroft Anglican Church in the centre of Norwich, the second largest Anglican church in the city (the Cathedral is of course the largest!) It was in this iconic building where Escaping Hitler was first revealed to the public on Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2016, just days before the book’s official launch in Jarrolds.  My thanks to Gemma Wassell and her team for this article. The Mancroft and More magazine is available at the rear of the church.



Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.  This morning I attended the annual Civic Service at St Peter de Mancroft Church in Norwich.  The ancient church was full, with Joe Stirling as a special guest in the front pew.  The service, organised by the Council of Christians and Jews, took the traditional format and included the thought-provoking poem allegedly written by Pastor Martin Niemoller after WW2.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.

Last year Joe Stirling was chosen to light a candle to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.  Here is a photo recording that day.  This year instead, we had a display of Escaping Hitler at the back of the church and following the moving service we sold twelve copies and raised a lot of interest.  The book is dedicated to Alfred and Ida Stern, Joe’s parents, who were murdered in Sobibor Death Camp in 1942. Today in Church Joe and I honoured them.





Holocaust Day logo 2015jpgJoe has been chosen to light the Norwich candle to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.  This will take place tomorrow, Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January 2015.  Take a look at the website giving details through the link.  I will be there to support him and take photographs.  During the morning we will all be at the Memorial Day service at St Peter de Mancroft Church, Norwich. In the evening we are attending ‘Holocaust Reflections’ a concert at Norwich Synagogue featuring music for violoncello, played by visiting musician Guido Ruhland from Berlin, with readings by UEA academic Jean Boase-Beier.  Tomorrow will be a long day….