Late April sees the church and its churchyard playing a central role in the ANZAC commemorations that Sutton Veny takes very seriously. On the morning of ANZAC Day (25 Apr) the church was filled with all pupils and staff from school, some parents, grandparents and also special visitors with Australian or New Zealand connections. One Australian lady had even planned her UK tour around being in Sutton Veny on ANZAC Day. She was not disappointed. The service itself, lead by the Headteacher, Rachael Brotherton, was very moving. As was the subsequent ceremony during which the children laid on each Commonwealth War Grave a posy of flowers and rosemary, together with a poppy sent from Geraldton RSL in Western Australia.
On the following Sunday (28 Apr) the village ANZAC service saw yet more visitors with Australian & New Zealand connections at the church. No Bundaberg rum, but plenty of tea, sandwiches cakes and of course ANZAC biscuits were served in the village hall afterwards at a gathering which reinforced existing friendships and made some new ones. (Click on an image below for a larger view)