A time to remember

Rev’d Canon Katrina Scott on the significance of anniversaries for our communities

The amazing team of flower arrangers at Lower Slaughter recently decked out the church with displays as a part of the Village Fete Celebrations. This year, they chose the theme of ‘Special Anniversaries marked in 2018.’ We had floral displays celebrating the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birth, the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF, and the 50th anniversary of Gardener’s World, among others.

Anniversaries are a good time to remember and to be thankful for significant events; to learn lessons from the past; and to shape the future. This autumn, our communities are marking in many different ways the Centenary of the Armistice in 1918 – a hugely significant moment as the First World War drew towards its close.

Our villages, towns, friends and neighbours may be ringing bells, holding ceremonies, gathering memorabilia for exhibitions, offering times of prayer, and remembering with poppies, flowers, statues and silhouettes. All of these individual acts will be good ways to help us remember.

This autumn, as we remember, we have a chance to give thanks for the lives of others, to appreciate the blessings of our lives today, to know more deeply the history of our locality, and to commit to the future of our communities.  

Rev’d Canon Katrina Scott is a Rector of 7 churches at the heart of the Cotswolds (including Cutsdean, Farmcote, Temple Guiting, Guiting Power, Naunton, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter) and also the Area Dean of the North Cotswold Deanery. She has lived in the Cotswolds since 2015, having previously served in Coventry for 15 years. Katrina loves being a vicar, and being a wife and a mother too.