The service at the Lingfield War Memorial on Sunday 13 November was as much about remembering the war dead as it was about bringing the community together and I was honoured to be a part of it. The roads were closed, the brownies and army cadets were out in their uniforms and over a hundred local people attended to make the service by Gunpit Pond an extremely poignant occasion. It could not have contrasted more with the concerns of last year when the metal theft of 6 memorial plaques remembering the names of the war dead cast a dark cloud over the occasion. Thankfully, due to the efforts of the Parish Council and the local police, all 6 of the plaques were recovered and reinstated at the Memorial. The engagement of the local community at Lingfield in recognising the many people who have sacrificed their lives for their country was a moving tribute.