1. ‘Lest we forget’ The old weathercock from Catsfield church is currently ‘resting’ under lock and key in the vestry, so there is no danger of him flying off. It is impossible to miss the fact that there is a bullet hole in his tail. When he was first taken down I speculated over the causes of this, but thought that we would never know how it happened. I was delighted when Ray Lobb stopped me in the village shop to tell me that he knew the answer. His father, Charlie Lobb, was in the Home Guard, during the Second World War and was challenged by the Canadian troops stationed in Catsfield to hit it from three to four hundred yards away. Not being a man to turn down a challenge he shot it first time. It is hard to imagine now that for a brief period both Catsfield and Crowhurst were home to Canadian troops who were here to support us in the struggle against Nazi Germany. At Crowhurst the church’s psalm board was actually given to commemorate the visit of the Canadians in 1941. As the Rev’d Eric Edwards, the then rector of Crowhurst (himself a veteran of the Great War), put it the support of others meant that we might well say in the words of the Bible: ‘They that be with us are more than they that be with them.’ Remembrance Sunday is a good moment to give thanks for the loyalty, support and comradeship of other Commonwealth nations that stood alongside us in the world wars. Within our armed forces today, of course, team work and unity of purpose remain just as important, as they continue to swerve in Afghanistan. Our Lord Jesus Christ also prayed just before the cross that we ‘may all be one’ (John17:21). Chirst gave Himself for the whole world and if we too could work for the unity He prayed for then war would be at an end. God bless you and all your loved ones, Father Michael

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