On Friday 10 November 2017, the CCF held its annual Remembrance parade on the Aldenham House Croquet lawn, attended by Old Boys, former and current staff, parents and current pupils. At 11am, before the parade took place, the School observed a two-minute silence.
We were delighted to welcome Old Boys prior to the parade, to the Old Refectory for hot drinks and cakes to warm them against the brisk Autumn wind, before heading out to the Croquet Lawn, where the current CCF boys stood to attention, awaiting the arrival of the CCF Contingent Commander Lt Col Woodall and Reverend Brandon who began the service. Boys from the Navy, Army and RAF read the names of Old Boys who had died in the service of their country prior to the sounding of The Last Post. A respectful hush fell across the parade ground for the minute’s silence, with the Old Boys standing to attention in unity with the CCF.
Wreaths were laid at the School War Memorial by The School Bursar, Mr Shaun Wilson, and Mr Colin Blessley, President of the Old Haberdashers Association.
Following the service, staff and pupils from the CCF joined the Old Boys in the Old Refectory for afternoon tea, where memories and experiences were shared. It was excellent to see the current CCF boys engaging with CCF members from the past.