Staff and residents at the Bournemouth War Memorial Homes received their first CSE show during remembrance weekend.
Remembrance is a hugely important part of the military calendar and this year the residents wanted to be able to commemorate Armistice Day on their own grounds.
The CSE team delivered a marquee for the event on Remembrance weekend and were able to pay for it from their beneficiary fund.
They also supplied live entertainment on Saturday afternoon to bring the community together in celebration ahead of the more sombre remembrance service the following day.
Tracy Poole, the Estate Manager said:
“Our residents are still talking about Saturday afternoon and the Remembrance Service on Sunday. Our residents got to meet one another and get to know people from the Estate they might not normally have bumped into."
"A week later it is still being talked about. Holding the Remembrance Service here made it feel even more special than our normal church service and families were able to come together and reflect and remember.”
The Bournemouth War Memorial Homes were built at the end of World War II as an alternative to the erection of a standard war memorial.
The estate offers affordable housing to veterans in need.
Residents range in age from those who fought in World War II to veterans from more recent conflicts in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq and their families too.
Peter Matthews, Chairman of Trustees said:
“It helped bring all our residents together for fun on the Saturday and reflection on the Sunday. Without your generosity of offering us the Marquee and providing such excellent entertainment it simply wouldn’t have been the same..."
"It was also a first for us to do the Remembrance Service at the Homes; this made it very special and very personal to all of us who were involved."
CSE were also in Scotland during Remembrance weekend.
Battle’s Over, A Nations Tribute was held nationwide on 11th November to commemorate a century of remembrance since the end of WW1.
CSE supplied a large LED screen to The Royal Naval Association for MoD Caledonia’s Battles of Beacon Lighting Ceremony, which was held on the main parade square, to stream images from the First World War.
A 7 pm, the beacon was lit to commemorate the millions of people who sacrificed their life during ‘the war to end all wars’, 100 years after the guns fell silent, as a symbol of the ‘light of hope’ that came out of the darkness of war.
It was a poignant community event which ended in a stunning display of fireworks. Other activities included:
- Readings by children from 10 local primary schools,
- A parade
- Drum head service
- Performances from the Tullis Community Brass Band and the Burntisland Pipe band
If you are looking for live entertainment for your Christmas party or Mess function, get in touch with CSE to find out how we can help.
As a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus we make from our commercial projects goes directly into our Beneficiary Fund, which aims to improve morale and welfare of British Armed Forces personnel and their families through a variety of event and entertainment solutions.
If you are in the military or are part of the wider military community and have a welfare requirement contact us for more information about the CSE Beneficiary Fund and/or an application form.