A new play to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 will be performed in Areley Kings Church on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November. ‘Lest we Forget’ has been written by former Archers actor, Mary Arden-Davis and will tell the story of how Areley Kings planned and built their war memorial.

The replica war memorialDiana Gwillam is co-producing the play with Mary. She said: “The money for our local war memorial was completely raised by people in the village. The memorial was masterminded by the Revd Vawdry and it was completed just ahead of his retirement after having seen the parish through the war. We are planning to construct a replica of the memorial which will be assembled in church during the play.”

This is the 2nd Remembrance-themed play written by Mary Arden-Davis and performed in Areley Kings. In 2014 a play about the local men who went to fight was written using news from the parish magazines and notes from the Rector. The play raised £2,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall, which supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel and helps them to achieve their best possible recovery to either return to service duty or to make a smooth transition to civilian life. This year’s play will also raise money for the centre.

Diana continued: “All of the performers in ‘Lest we Forget’ will be local people, aged from 10 to 90 – it’s a true village production. The Revd Mark Turner, our current vicar, will take the part of the Revd Vawdry.”

‘Lest we Forget’ will be performed on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November at 7.30pm in St Bartholomew’s Church, Areley Kings. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes light refreshments and a programme. They are available from Di Gwillam on 01299 825791 or Mary Arden-Davis on 01684 214037.