Netball tournament On Friday 9th November Coombe Bissett’s netball players went to Trafalgar School. We travelled by coach with Mrs. Maple and Mrs. Cockrean. When we got there, we played our first match against Longford, which we played inside and drew 2-2. Afterwards we stopped to have a little snack. After that we played against Whiteparish which felt like a very long but good match. We were beaten 2-4 but that does not matter. When the match had ended we did our 3 cheers for the opponents and shook hands. The next game we played was against Downton which was a very quick game but it was our first win (2-0). This filled us with confidence until we realised our next match was against New Forest… New Forest were the hardest people we will come up against and unfortunately we were beaten 7-1. And overall we came 4th although we were 1 point off 3rd.
On the 10th November, a third of Ash Class walked down to the Coombe Bissett War memorial to do the Act of Remembrance. The men who were in the Armed Forces during the mid-20th century [Mr Rushforth, Mr Van Der Horst, etc.] came to guide us through. Mr Van Der Horst said some prayers and then we recited our poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae. It goes like this, ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.’ ‘We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived. Felt dawn. Saw sunset glow. Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields.’ ‘Take up our quarrel with the foe To you with failing hands we throw The torch. Be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders Fields.’ A friend of Mr Van Der Horst read out the Roll of Honour [A scroll which men who died in the Wars’ names are written upon] before doing the 2-minute silence. When we had observed the silence, Rev. Jenny read out a prayer while Riley laid the wreath of poppies on the foot of the War memorial. Afterwards we all went inside for refreshments.