The Dover College community, including parents, pupils, staff, Governors, Old Dovorians and local dignitaries came together for a moving service led by the Minister Deb Scoble on Remembrance Sunday.
As the congregation approached the College memorial chapel they passed a thought provoking art installation created in collaboration with both Prep and Senior school pupils to mark the occasion. The installation displays over three hundred poppies each representing an Old Dovorian fallen in war and was constructed using cake cases, buttons and pipe cleaners cascades poignantly down from the chapel window.
The morning concluded with a hot mug of soup and chunky home-made bread in the College’s Refectory, the oldest Refectory in England still used for the purpose for which it was built.
Today, Monday 11thNovember pupils gathered together around the College statue of Captain ‘Billie Nevill’ standing proudly in the centre of the College campus dressed in his uniform looking out across The Close. Pupils from across the Prep and Senior schools looked on as the Heads of School together with the Chair of the School Council each laid a wreath at Billie’s feet before silence fell and all pupils and staff held a two-minute silence.
The statue sculpted by talented sculptor Hannah Stewart was unveiled as part of the College’s Remembrance Sunday celebrations last year as a lasting memorial to the 177 Old Dovorians who died in the Great War, sacrificing their lives for freedom and justice.