On Thursday 6th June, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in the Normandy Landings, we organised a service of commemoration at the War Memorial. Starting at 1900 and with a very good turn out our President Linda welcomed everyone.

After this we had words and prayers from Victor Story of the Church of England.

Our Chairman Steve Kingsford then related the stories of 4 men who landed om the beaches on 6th June and two who were killed in the Battles for Normandy.

We were honoured that Vice-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, John Buchan, was able to join us and the Chairman asked him to unveil a new plaque installed on the War Memorial. The plaque listed all those from the town, that we know of, who took part in the campaign. It also has artwork, taken from a painting by the chairman, of soldiers landing on the Normandy beaches.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant the spoke about the sacrifices made in the campaign.

The Chairman then recited the ode and the last post rang out, played by bugler Kim Prentice from the Shires Youth Band followed by a minutes silence. The Vice-Lieutenant then laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen and member Dave Peachey one on behalf of the combined services.

The Chairman then recited the Kohima Exhortation and then read the names of all those who served in Operation Overlord.

Father Tony Joyce from the Roman Catholic Church then said prayers and a blessing before the President thanked all for attending and paid tribute to the hard work put into organising the event. 

The following photos come courtesy of Malcolm Glenn of Chipping Norton News

A book telling the stories of all those mentioned on the new plaque is now available from the Crown & Cushion for £5.

The following Saturday we held a 40's themed evening at the Crown & Cushion with music provided by our old friends "The Swingettes", this year backed by their 4 piece jazz band.

The event, which was sponsored by the Armed Forces Trust, made £1,343 which will be split between our Poppy Appeal, The Normandy Memorial Trust which aims to build a memorial to all UK service men and women who died during Overlord and the Royal Air Force Association.