Tuesday, 20 November 2018

RAF celebrates village connection with gift of ensign

RAF Benson has donated an ensign to St Helen’s Church in the village.

RAF Benson has donated an ensign to St Helen’s Church in the village.

Squadron Leader Jonny Adamson presented the gift at a special service of dedication led by the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher.

About 120 people attended the service, including several parish councillors and Helen Crolla, the new headteacher of Benson Primary School.

The ensign has been put up on the north wall of the church with a time-line showing the history of RAF Benson. Rev John Burrell, vicar of St Mary’s, said: “It shows the strong connection between Benson village and RAF Benson.”

Alan Hart, station warrant officer for the base, said: “The dedication of the RAF ensign was the ideal opportunity for us both to re-affirm our close relationship with our local parish and to honour all those RAF personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and are buried in the parish cemetery.”

St Mary’s holds regular services in memory of the military personal buried in the graveyard.

RAF Benson has donated an ensign to St Helen’s Church in the village.

Squadron Leader Jonny Adamson presented the gift at a special service of dedication led by the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher. About 120 people attended the service, including several parish councillors and Helen Crolla, the new headteacher of Benson Primary School.

The ensign has been put up on the north wall of the church with a time line showing the history of the base.

Rev John Burrell, vicar of St Mary’s, said: “It shows the strong connection between Benson village and RAF Benson. It was a wonderful service.”

Alan Hart, station warrant officer for the base, said: “The dedication of the RAF ensign was the ideal opportunity for us both to re-affirm our close relationship with our local parish and to honour all those RAF personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and are buried in the parish cemetery.”

St Mary’s holds regular services in memory of the military personnel buried in the graveyard opposite.

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