26 October 2017
We were pleased to receive this account of a recent special service held at St Margaret’s Church in Braceby...
St Margaret’s Braceby recently added the name of David Cheavins to its War Memorial. A special dedication service, led by Bishop Christopher, took place on Sunday, 22nd October 2017. A large congregation included many members of the Cheavins family, including David’s daughter, Janet Griffin, who has distant memories of her father. David was killed during the D-Day Landings and is also commemorated on the Great Gonerby War Memorial. Janet was living there with her mother when he enlisted.
The Cheavins family have a long association with Braceby going back into the 18th century. St Margaret’s Church records show that six successive generations (from the 1780s) lived and worked in the village as labourers, carpenters, wheelwrights and shepherds. David has been a family name throughout.
The other names on St Margaret’s War Memorial are Frederick Cheavins and John Cheavins, two uncles of David, who both died in action in the First World War. One family in this very small village gave so much.
During his address, Bishop Christopher spoke on the special nature of Christian reconciliation. The service concluded movingly with the traditional homage and Kohima Epitaph. A bugler played the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’, and a piper played ‘Flowers of the Forest’.
Further information on the church, which is part of the North Beltisloe Group of Parishes, may be found here. We are also grateful to Mr John Steadman, who has kindly supplied the following photographs from the service.