11th November 2020
On Wednesday 11 November, students and staff from Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), joined together virtually to remember those lost in times of conflict and our service men and women still serving today.
As with so many events in 2020, planning for this years service was a little a different with safety being the top priority. So instead of our traditional in-college services, staff, students from both campuses and members of the NSCG community were brought together through the power of technology via a live-streamed service through the College Facebook and YouTube channels, so that all could view safely, but together.
The service began with a welcome from Curriculum Leader for Public Services at Newcastle College, Sam Holmes, who highlighted the different ways in which servicemen and women across the UK have helped to provide much needed support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Such as the Army's response to building NHS Nightingale hospitals, the RAF helping to repatriate Britons stranded abroad to the Navy who provided much needed Ambulances for those in rural communities, before closing with a touching message to all watching to remember "that no matter the distance between us, we will remember together."
Talented second year, Newcastle College Level 3 Performing Arts student Alicia Buckley then followed with a beautifully sung rendition of 'Skinny Love’, by Birdy and to begin and end the two minutes silence, second year, Stafford College Level 3 Music Performance student, Abigail Cox Voyle played the ‘Last Post’ and ‘The Reveille’ on the Trumpet.
Traditionally, veteran's from the NSCG community would be invited to each college site in order to honour those who are no longer with us, but in essence of safety, this year staff and students were encouraged to submit photos of friends and family who have served or are currently serving so that these could be displayed throughout the two minutes silence.
Representatives from both college sites have now placed wreaths created by Level 2 Floristry students from Newcastle College which can now be seen at the Cenotaph in Newcastle Town Centre and the Stafford Borough War Memorial on Victoria Square.