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A WOKINGHAM village came together for a pertinent Remembrance service on Sunday, November 13.

Over 500 Shinfield residents gathered on School Green to pay their respects to servicemen and women who died in past conflicts in a commemoration organised by Shinfield Parish Council and the Royal British Legion.

The service was jointly conducted by Revd Nigel Beer, St Mary’s Church, and Revd Nathan Hunt, Shinfield Baptist Church.

Of the occasion, Bruce Winton, Shinfield Parish clerk, said: “The weather was kind to us and we had a great turnout. It’s really good to see war veterans, the elderly and young people all come out for the service. It honours the fallen from Shinfield and it’s an honour to be a part of that.

“It’s one of those things that brings everyone together. Everybody’s here for this one and it’s what we hope to do more of, as a parish, in the future.”

Representatives from bodies such as the navy, army, Thames Valley Police, Women’s Institute and Wokingham Borough Council took part in a procession to mark the start of proceedings.

Children from schools such as Oakbank, Alder Grove and St Mary’s Junior School, as well as Shinfield’s Scout and Cadet groups joined them, also participating in the wreath laying ceremony.

As has been the case in recent years, residents at Shinfield View care home were invited to watch from the comfort of their building’s entrance.

Hymns O God, Our Help in Ages Past and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind were sung, with the reading taken from Psalm 46.

The service was rounded off with a rendition of the national anthem, God Save the King.

Many of those in attendance stayed on to enjoy refreshments at the School Green Centre with family and friends.