World War One Project

Lest We Forget

How can the Unitarian movement in this country best commemorate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918?

The management committee of The Nightingale Centre have been giving some thought to this matter as The Florence Nightingale Convalescent Home for Men was erected as, 'The National Memorial to the men of the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches who fell in the war 1914 - 1918'.

'If I Should Die' is a powerful poem of consolation written by Rupert Brooke in 1914. It intimates that those hopes for the best that life has to offer remain - 'A pulse in the eternal mind no less'. Poetry helps us wrestle with our feelings. Maybe in our remembering we should focus onthe hopes for peace and for a better tomorrow of those who lost their lives in the horror of that war. And not just remember but to recognise that faith as alive within their National Memorial. The Nightingale Centre as the embodiment of those hopes for a better tomorrow and with the words of Rupert Brooke resonating in the life of the Centre.

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day,
And laughter, learnt of friends and gentleness
In hearts of peace...

We hope to raise awareness that we have a National Memorial and one of which to be proud. A living memorial alive to those hopes for a better world.

On the centenary of the Armistice we invite all congregations as an act of remembrance to consider joining the many individual Friends of The Nightingale Centre in helping to financially support the Centre into the future. Perhaps District Associations would also wish to consider joining the Friends in memory of the fallen of those congregations that are no longer active.

For those congregations and any individuals who wish to join the Friends of The Nightingale please contact the Centre for further details:
Telephone: 01298 871218.