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From Canon Mark Gilbert
75 years ago on the 29th September a lone bomber dropped its bombs on the Boys School. There are still many families in Petworth who are affected by the traumatic events of that day.
One of the most moving things last year was of those who survived that day telling their stories to today’s Petworth Schools pupils. There is nothing better that hearing those stories from those affected for all of us to understand the event.
A historic tragedy took on real significance in the eyes of the children.
You can see some of their stories on the ITV coverage of the event last year. http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-10-03/survivors-commemorate-school-bombing-deaths/
On the 75th anniversary to enable to involve more of the older children at the school we are having a Service in Church at 10.00am to which all are welcome followed by the usual memorial at the graveside. Like last year everyone is invited back to Petworth School for the tea afterwards.
For the families who have lived in Petworth all their lives this is part of their story some of whose relatives are still pupils at the school. For those of us who have come to Petworth hearing their stories and experiences means we can keep alive for the next generation part of the history of our community.
Please do join us for this memorial event and please do be sensitive and listen to those for whom this annual event is part of their lives.
Yours in Christ
The parish church of St Mary in Petworth has a long history, stretching back probably to Saxon times, but little is known of its earliest days. Today it is still home to a worshipping community.
You are welcome to join us for any of our services. The church is open for private prayer during the day.
This church is in the same Benifice as St Bartholomew's Church Egdean
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