Sunday, 13 November 2016
Service of Remembrance weekend report
Report – All-In Weekend
12th and 13th November 2016
The All In weekend of the Service of Remembrance is always a special weekend and this year it had a very autumnal feel to it. The weather was lovely and everyone spent lots of time outside enjoying themselves in the grounds and surrounding countryside.
On Saturday morning the fencing team went to a big Epee competition and performed very well. We had some excellent matches on Saturday afternoon with the boys playing The Elms and the girls playing Beaudesert. After tea everyone played in the day room, watched some of the Autumn International rugby or watched films or Saturday evening television in the girls’ house.
The Service of Remembrance this year was very moving with a wonderful address by Colonel Greg Hughes OBE. The choir sang beautifully, the readers read clearly and Hugo W took on the challenging responsibility of playing The Last Post and Reveille. The usual coffee after the service in the Front Hall was replaced by warm alcoholic and non-alcoholic mulled wine by the roaring fire which went down very well.
After the service we had lots of activities before lunch including handball in the sports hall, shooting the 2.2 rifles in the range, an art room activity, bike riding, football on the astroturf, friendship and survival band making. The Monmouth Challenge team headed off for their annual General Knowledge competition. They returned later victorious with one team winning and the other finishing third having lost to the A team in the semi-finals.
After lunch everyone was divided into groups and given a slot to help Mrs Lockett plant some of the 1500 daffodil bulbs that she is ambitiously planning to plant along the front drive. We are all looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their labour in the spring. Everyone also enjoyed a variety of activities including walking over the Abberley Hill, murder ball in the sports hall, more creative band making and bike riding. For the hour before tea everyone settled down for some exam preparation. For the younger ones this involved sorting out pencil cases etc. whilst the older ones spent time revising and getting ready for the week ahead.
After tea everyone relaxed with some table tennis and television before early bedtimes for the coming week.