The School Community and guests, including the Mayor, met in chapel on Monday 11th November, to remember with thanks and gratitude all of those who sacrificed their lives to win and protect the freedoms that we enjoy today. Capt Tom Leek, Grenadier Guards, was the guest speaker, and he reminded us of our shared common humanity and that Remembrance Day was about celebrating the best parts of all that humans share and enjoy. He reminded us that those common features are valuable and worth protecting even if force is required.
On Sunday the “Community Wind Band”, which is formed each year to play at the open-air service around the War Memorial in Cranleigh, played melodies from around the British Isles, tunes such as Rule Britannia, David of the White Rock, Oft in the Stilly Night and Men of Harlech to name just a few. The band, which is put together by Bob Wilson, Bandmaster, comprises musicians from Cranleigh School, Glebelands School, Cranleigh Youth Band, RGS Guildford, ex-Cranleigh School musicians and a number of keen parents. Once again the village was swamped with members of the public with record numbers this year of almost a 1,000. The Head laid a wreath on behalf of the school and later read the Kohima Epitaph in the Remembrance service. Noah Frett played the Last Post and Reveille.
Once the parade was over the Cranleigh School Big Band played a selection WW2 hit songs in the Cranleigh Village Sports and Social Club. They entertained members with songs such as, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, In The Mood and a sing-along selection with, It’s A Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Keep The Home Fires Burning. The atmosphere in the club was electric with young and old singing at the top of their voices – a great time was had by all.