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Special poppy event will be the first to take place in new centre

A COMMEMORATIVE event will be held next weekend to open the new community centre in Birdham.


The Poppies on Parade concert is the first public event at the St James Community Centre in Birdham, which will be a fitting tribute to those killed and wounded in the 1914-18 War.


The concert, on Saturday, November 10, will be followed by a 1918-style tea party in the new centre, located next to Birdham Village Church.


Over ten years ago, the church congregation decided their single church room was no longer large enough to meet their needs and that they could provide the whole village and local area with a community centre for a number of social, health and cultural needs.


Robin Hamilton, from St James Centre development team, said: “After 15 years in the planning, the St James Centre development team is delighted that the completion certificate for the building was handed over on October 19, from Trevor Cozens MD of T Cozens, who built the centre to the Rev Jonathan Swindells, Rector of Birdham.


“Also present was Richard Meynell,the well-known local architect, who designed the building.


“Everyone involved with the project is delighted the centre is now open and in use. We would also like to thank all those who financially supported the project, without whom we would never have been able to build this amazing new addition to Birdham village.”


Over 500 poppies, some knitted, others created from plastic bottles and paper plates, will decorate the church and new building next Saturday.


This special commemorative event will include songs and readings from the time 100 years ago when more than 25 men connected with the village and local school lost their lives.


The event takes place at 3pm and entry is free.

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