Following a successful bid to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, Kidderminster West Team now have seven “There but not There” silhouettes for the three team churches and local community as part of their commemoration of the end of World War 1. 

Silhouettes in churchSome of the silhouettes have a permanent place in the churches and can be viewed any time the church is open. Others are travelling around the parish and local area with a view to commemorate, educate and to heal. 

Silhouette at Severn Valley RailwayChurch member, Heather Prangley said: "There have been many interesting reactions so far and people are genuinely interested in finding out more. The silhouettes hope to be the abiding concluding image of the WW1 commemorations for 2018 as the poppies at the Tower of London were for 2014."

The Kidderminster West team has also set up a blog in the name of Tommy Kiddy. Tommy is the nickname given to British WW1soliders. The Army introduced an exemplar form for soldiers to follow when filling in the application form to sign up as many had poor literacy skills. The name used was Thomas Atkins. Kiddy, of course, is the shortened name for Kidderminster often affectionately used by locals.

Tommy Kiddy is 21, married to Violet, with a daughter, Gwen. Before signing up he worked in one of Kidderminster’s carpet factories. He writes that he has always kept a diary and even though it was hard to keep his paper clean and dry in the trenches he still tried to write something every day.

Follow his story – https://tommykiddy.wordpress.com/blog/

All are welcome to view the “Magnificent Seven” together at The Holy Innocents’ Church, Stourport Rd. Kidderminster, DY11 6LA during an Open Church session at our coffee morning between 10am to midday on Saturday, 3 November. Bacon butties will be available!