Reporter Jonathan White Wistaston
The Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre was filled to capacity on Sunday 8th November 2015, as the village remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars.
A guard of honour was organised by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 35th South West Cheshire Scout group, who welcomed councillors from Cheshire East and Wistaston. The Service of Remembrance was taken by four local ministers - Rev Ken Sambrook and Rev Mike Turnbull (St Mary’s Church, Wistaston), Father Martin Moran (Oblate Retreat Centre) and Rev Steve Ingrouille (Wells Green Methodist Church).
The impressive poppy arrangement on the stage was displayed by Mrs Elizabeth Russell (Wistaston Flower Club).
The names of the sixteen men from Wistaston who perished during World War 2, were respectfully read by Mrs Barbara Brereton.
The Wells Green Church choir, led by their musical director Mrs Myra Wood, added quality to the music and hymns.
Jack Gresty played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’; his great uncle Radio Officer Derek Aubrey Gresty died at Bari, Italy on 3rd May 1944 aged 24 years.
A wreath was placed at the front of the building by the hall’s President, John Cooke, accompanied by Cub George Edge-Robinson who placed a cross in memory of Lieutenant Commander Roy Berryman Edwards DSO, sent by his daughter Mrs Sylvia Hammond, from Kent.
The hall’s Chairman, John White, paid tribute to one of Wistaston’s sixteen fallen heroes – Lieutenant Ronald Arthur Hulse, Royal Artillery, who died in Egypt on 17th June 1944, aged 29. He lived at ‘Oaklands’, Manor Avenue, Wistaston and attended Nantwich & Acton Grammar School.
The collection at the service was £287 for the Royal British Legion, which was represented by Alan Brereton.