Dorstone Village V E Decorations 8th May 2020
2.30 pm 29th April 2020 we remembered the six young men who died
Here are three eyewitness reports:
Some of the first to arrive to assist at the crash site were Dulcie (aged 5) and her father Wilfred Jones. Dulcie, vividly still remembers seeing the wreckage and then being lifted by her father back over the stile from Moccas Park to their land and being told to “Go and tell your Mother what’s happened and send for help”. That involved someone working for them cycling to Dorstone to get to a phone.
In the official report, John Goring, aged 10 said, “I was in one of our fields with Cyril Williams (also aged 10) when a big plane flew low over my head. It came from Snodhill way and went towards Moccas Park. I thought it was going to crash into one of the trees. Shortly afterwards I heard a loud bang and I saw some smoke and all kinds of stuff going up in to the air. I then ran home and told my Daddy”.
Also from the official report, Terlizzi Carmine (Italian Prisoner of War, Peterchurch Camp) said, “I was not far from Cross Lodge, Dorstone. I saw an aeroplane diving fast and circle. When I first saw it I thought it would strike me so I got into a ditch with my bicycle. Shortly after I heard a whoof and saw smoke and flames”.
As many of you know, we had intended to mark this occasion on 5th July with a special service to install a permanent memorial to them on the site of the crash, including a flypast. This is now not possible this year. Some members of The History Society Committee have been leading the organisation of this tribute, with support from a variety of craftspeople and others. Chairman Sarah Catterall has traced many of the relatives of those who died.
So, on that actual date, a few of us went into the churchyard, the Tolling Bell was rung and a short silence was observed to show the families that Dorstone honours the sacrifice of those young men. Sarah sent a special message to the relatives to let them know that we were thinking of them.
Easter Celebration Service Sunday 21st April 2019 at 10am
We had a wonderful day for our Easter celebration at St Faith’s.
The sun shone. The bells rang and the organ, cellos and the local group ‘The Other People’ played to help us sing our way through the service.
68 attended including 18 younger members. During the refreshments with tea, coffee and home made Easter biscuits people chatted, admired the wonderful flowers and listened to the bells again.
It was an excellent morning and all the 30 Easter eggs bar 2 were found so I got to eat those.
Thanks to all who supported us.
Armistice Day Service and Re-Dedication of Bells 11th November 2018
For photos of this event click here
Nativity – See slide shows at bottom of page
Removing Ivy from Boundary Wall October 2015
By Golden Valley Young Farmers
Repairs to Boundary Wall July & August 2016
Memorial Garden maintenance July 2016