Celebration, Reflection, Hope

St Mary’s Church, Cottingham is marking 100 years since the end of World War I with a programme of exhibitions and activities during the fortnight 26 October – 13 November. The church will be decorated with displays created from both fresh flowers and the thousands of poppies knitted and crocheted over the past eighteen months by individuals and groups throughout the village.

The story they have to tell begins at the main gates and gradually moves through the church to the high altar beneath the east window. On the journey visitors will encounter many wonderful things and, hopefully, discover facts that will both amaze and amuse them. All the names on the Cottingham war memorial are commemorated in a simple and moving way; the Cottingham Local History Society and all the Cottingham primary schools are contributing displays. The flower and poppy displays are being created by members of the church supported by the East Riding Flower Club.

The church is open throughout the two weeks for normal services and to view the exhibitions (10:30 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday; 12 noon – 5 pm on Sundays); entrance to the exhibitions is free.

On Friday 26 October there is a Preview Night from 7 pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (which includes refreshments) and must be purchased in advance. (Free to those under 16.)

On Saturday 3 November there is a Gala Concert at 7 pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (which includes wine and nibbles) and can be purchased in advance or bought on the door. (Free to those under 16.)

For further details and advance tickets call 01482 843976 or 01482 847359 or visit www.stmaryscottingham.org