St Mary's Church, Marshalswick

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VE 75  Bank Holiday       Friday 8 May 2020          

75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe 8 May 1945


John Riches - At the Zoom Coffee Shop on Saturday 9 May, people were chatting about the VE 75 day and one or two shared memories of VE day itself.  John mentioned having written an account which was online so we asked him to let us have a link to it - do check it out. John said in the email he sent with the link:


You showed interest in the Street Party I attended up our alley back in 1945. My description is now on-line and the link is below. Best wishes. Stay safe and let’s hope we can all meet up again in reality soon.

I find it amazing that I have not had physical contact with any human being since lock-down started. A hand shake, a pat on the shoulder or a hug or cuddle is something in normal times we all take for granted.  

 Love to you all. John.                          

VE75 Street party


One person (at least) connected to St Mary's had a picnic and took part in their local street party.  (All observed social distancing)

Another person reported that their street, where people don't also see all their neighbours, had a street party that lasted for hours and included all singing "We'll meet again".


For all those whose loved ones never returned. 

For all those separated from friends and family. 

For all those who long to be together again.

 With love from 

St Albans Cathedral




VE Day Service - Friday 8 May, 3pm   from St Albans Cathedral

The world-renowned boys, girls and lay clerks of the Cathedral Choirs came together remotely, for a Cathedral first, to produce stunning arrangements of Peter Hurford’s ‘Litany to the Holy Spirit’ and the National Anthem,premiered during the service, with the support of the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire opened the service and Bishop Stephen Venner, who was previously the Bishop to the Armed Forces, preached. The service included a moving single trumpet rendition of the Last Post and a reading by the Mayor of St Albans. 

See video below or or access via  Cathedral website 

or their YouTube channel

There is a link to the service sheet under the video on YouTube

Other Services:

Royal British Legion:  45-minute long service

The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire  - short service online The Bishop of St Albans contributed a video sermon.  


Although we are in lock-down so lots of the planned events sadly cannot go ahead on the day itself, there are suggestions on ways to link in with the celebrations and even have a street party (with social distancing, of course!)  

VE75 Stay at home poster

We are aware of some members of the congregation whose neighbours will be doing at least one of these.  

Even if your road is busy or its layout would make social distancing difficult for the afternoon tea, you could perhaps observe the 11am silence and/or the singing of "We'll meet again". 

A national sing-along will take place at 9pm on the BBC, with Dame Vera Lynne singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’

Do let us know if you are involved in anything.  Photos would be good as long as those in them are happy for photo/s to appear on the website.