23rd. June 2001

 ROSEMARY E. RIGBY AND THE REV.D PAUL WILSON LEAD THE SERVICE AT THE FIRST ANNUAL PICNIC IN MEMORY OF VIOLETTE SZABO GC

Rosemary E. Rigby MBE and the Rev'd Paul Wilson

 VETERANS ON PARADE

Veterans on Parade

 VIRGINIA McKENNA & SANDEE POWER WITH BEAR SQUADRON

Virginia McKenna and Sandee Power

 BOB MALOUBIER BUSY SIGNING HIS AUTOGRAPH

Bob Maloubier DSO

 ROSEMARY RIGBY LEADING THE WAY FOR VIRGINIA McKENNA

Rosemary Rigby leading the way for Virginia McKenna

 REVERAND PAUL WILSON OFFICIATING AT THE FIRST BEAR SQUADRON WEDDING

Rev'd. Paul Wilson officiating at the
First Bear Squadron Wedding!

 BOB MALOUBIER VISITS THE BEAR SQUADRON TENT

Bob Maloubier visits the Bear Squadron Tent
and meets up with Wendy, Sandee and 39 Bears!

The 1st. Violette Szabo GC Picnic

On the 23rd. June 2001 the first ever Violette Szabo GC Picnic was held in the grounds of "Cartref" in Wormelow, Herefordshire. Distinguished guests included Virginia McKenna who starred in "Carve Her Name With Pride" and Bob Maloubier DSO who parachuted into France with Violette in 1944.

The order of service was led by the Rev.d Paul Wilson and the music was by Mary Jones.

Members of the Allied Special Forces Association assisted the event by providing tables, benches, tents and gazebo's in case of inclement weather. Our association also designed and printed the Service Sheets. This is all part of our continuing support for Rosemary E. Rigby MBE and the Violette Szabo GC Museum.

The local branch of the Royal British Legion held a parade of members and other ex-servicemen who attended. The Allied Special Forces Association was well presented with over 20 members and supporters turning up for what turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon in the country.

In the forefront of support for the Museum was Bear Squadron on the Wirral who turned out in force to be presented to Virginia McKenna and Bob Maloubier.


Service Sheet

WELCOME TO EVERYONE
TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNUAL PICNIC

May the afternoon be blest with Happiness and Sunshine on Saturday 23rd. June 2.30 pm.


ORDER OF SERVICE

Led by the Rev'd Paul Wilson
Music by Mrs Mary Jones
County Parade Marshall: Mr. P.N. Charman
Bugler: Mr. Paul Eddy

HYMN - HOW GREAT THOU ART

O LORD my God! When I in Awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy Hand hath made,
I See the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe display’d.

Chorus

Then sings my soul my Saviour God to Thee
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.


When through the woods the forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Chorus

When burdens press, and seem beyond endurance,
Bowed down with grief, to Him I lift my face;
And then in love He brings me sweet assurance;
‘My child, for thee sufficient is my grace’.

Chorus

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And there proclaim: My God how great Thou art!

Chorus


WELCOME - ROSEMARY E. RIGBY M.B.E.
A short address D.V. to be given by the following people

Hortense Daman
Who knew Violette in Ravensbruck

Bob Maloubier DSO
Who parachuted into France with Violette

Flt. Lt. Bob Large
Who flew Violette home from France by Lysander


HYMN - ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colours, he made their tiny wings:

The purple headed mountain, the river running by,
the sunset and the morning that brightens up the sky:

The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden, he made them every one:

He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
how great is God almighty, who has made all things well.


THE POEM
"The Life that I have" - Virginia McKenna


People - The Lords Prayer
Last Post
Exhortations
Mr. Peter Davies
Silence
Reveille
The Blessing

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen;
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.


Thank you for attending - happy journey home!

Violette's 2002 Picnic will be on the 22nd. June

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