Barton residents pull together for Remembrance Day

From left, Peter Vaux, Barton Bells project coordinator, bell ringers Mark Phillips, Jane Davenport, Chris Jones, Steve Henson, and ringing instructors Jennie and David Town.

Residents of Barton are working together to make this year’s Remembrance commemoration special.

Individuals and groups in the village are organising a range of projects and events both to honour past sacrifices and to look to the future.

Four people who are literally pulling together are Barton’s four new bell ringers.

In 1920, four bells were installed in Barton Church in memory of the Lads of Barton who fell in the Great War.

This year, two new bells have been installed; one newly-cast and the other a reconditioned bell from a Trinity House buoy.

The new band of ringers are learning their craft from expert Northallerton ringers in order to ring the Barton Bells on Remembrance Day.

All year, villagers have been knitting, crocheting and stitching poppies to create a commemorative vertical poppy field on the façade of the Village Hall.

The original target of ‘100 Poppies for 100 Years’ was quickly met, with hundreds of poppies being produced.

Barton poppy makers.

In addition, anyone visiting Barton on Remembrance Day will be greeted by the sight of wooden poppies crafted and painted by local people.

The poppy field will be in place for the weekend of October 27 and 28, when several events take place to coincide with the service of dedication for the new bells.

They range from a film show at Barton Primary School to a wartime tea and singalong at the village hall.

The hall will also be the venue for a First World War artefacts exhibition and a talk from a Green Howards Museum curator.

A community football match, inspired by the famous Christmas Truce, is being organised at Barton Playing Field, involving both villagers and personnel from nearby Catterick Garrison.

Proceeds from village events will be divided between the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Younger members of the village community are well-represented.

1st Barton Scout Group is helping with the poppy project and at the end of October, members of the group will visit Ypres, where they will lay wreaths.

In addition, the children of Barton Primary School have been researching the names of the fallen inscribed on the War Memorial.

One poppy maker said: “This project is really bringing the village together. People are getting involved in new things.”

To find out more about any of the events, contact bartonvillageinstitute@gmail.com.