“In Flanders” to be read at centenary of Passchendaele in July

In Flanders to be read at centenary of Passchendaele in July.

A photo of a field of poppies in Flanders by Vincent Brassine.
Field of poppies (Le champ de coquelicots)
Photo: Vincent Brassine/CC, Flickr

The Society is pleased to announce that the reading of ‘In Flanders’ written by F W Harvey will be part of a live event in Ypres Market Square on the evening of 30th July 2017.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is organising the performance which will use a range of contemporary digital projection techniques to bring history to life and will be supported by live spoken and musical performances. The event will creatively tell the story of the war in the Ypres Salient from 1914, with a particular focus on the Third Battle of Ypres of 1917. Passchendaele is one of the national commemorations in Her Majesty’s Government’s four-year First World War Centenary programme.

F W Harvey window dedicated by Bishop of Warrington

Report and photo from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review.

A photo of some of the people present at the dedication of the new window.
Rev Steve Taylor, Bishop David Jennings, FW Harvey’s daughter Eileen and Steve Cooper and Marie Fraser-Griffiths of the Harvey Society with the window

A memorial window to Forest poet FW Harvey was dedicated in St Peter’s church, Minsterworth on 12 November 2016.

Harvey was churchwarden and choirmaster at Minsterworth Church and his affection for the village was an important influence.

Five generations of the poet’s family, including his 94-year-old daughter Eileen, were at St Peter’s Church to see the window dedicated by the Right Rev David Jennings, a former Bishop of Warrington and now an honorary assistant bishop in Gloucester.

Bishop David said it was “a very particular pleasure” to be asked to dedicate the window which was designed and made by Graham Dow­ding of Nailsworth near Stroud.

The bishop said his father described a slim volume of Harvey’s poetry as one of his “most precious and treasured possessions.”

The FW Harvey Society worked with the church on the project to install the window which reflects the Glou­cestershire countryside and its wildlife which was such an inspiration to Harvey.

At it centre is a quote from his poem The Return which was written when Harvey was in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during the First World War.

Bishop David said: “We are giving thanks to God for the life and work of Will Harvey and the window that is to be dedicated in his memory is the result of much hard work by the vicar and churchwardens and the church council of this parish working closely with the FW Harvey Society.

“All are to be congratulated on bringing it to such a successful conclusion with the window so beautifully designed and made by Graham Dow­ding.

“How good it is that this remarkable Glou­cestershire man, soldier, poet, husband, father, grandfather, solicitor, broadcaster now has a window to honour his memory in the place he loved so much.”

There were readings of Harvey’s poetry by Paula Lynch, Anthony Boden and Anthony Lynch.

The service was led by Rev Steve Taylor, who is vicar at Minsterworth, and the choir included members of the Blaisdon-based Tan House Singers.

Memorial Window installed in St Peter’s church, Minsterworth

A photo of the F W Harvey Memorial Window
The F W Harvey Memorial Window

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the project to install a commemorative window in St Peter’s Church, Minsterworth.
We are delighted to inform you that Graham Dowding, the specialist stained glass artist, has completed and installed the new window.  See pictures below.
A special high quality Memorial Book will be produced to show the names of donors who have contributed to the window (i.e. those who have chosen to have their donation acknowledged).  This book will remain on show in St Peter’s as a permanent record.
A ‘dedication ceremony’ will be held later in 2016 – date to be announced.