Cenothaph Service 11th November 2107
At 11.00 am on Saturday 11th November 2017 a small crowd gathered at the War Memorial in Omagh to join in a national Act of Remembrance. Following a reading and prayers lead by Rev Eleanor and a passage by Richard Scott, Chairman, Omagh Branch Royal British Legion, a two minute silence was observed. A guard of honour was provided by a group of young poppy sellers. This short service at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the month was to have preceded the main parade and wreath-laying ceremonies on Sunday 12th. It was not to be. Following a warning telephone call to the PSNI a viable explosive device was discovered in a litter bin close to the cenotaph and the area cordoned off. A shortened parade took place from the Royal British Legion Hall in Campsie Road to Omagh Academy where a combined service was held with clergy from all the main churches taking part.
Mayne Methodist Church celebrates 150 years
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November Mayne Methodist Church opened its doors for an exhibition celebrating 150 years of Mayne Primary School. When the school closed in 1985 it was acquired by the church and lives on as the Church Hall and Sunday School. Over the course of the weekend many former pupils were treated to a trip down memory lane by studying old school photos and searching for names in the original Roll Books. Text books, school bags, pencil cases, library books, posters, certificates and much else from a by-gone era served to re-create the atmosphere of a one-teacher school which a served its community faithfully and well for generations. All that was missing was the old pot-bellied stove that heated the classroom on cold winter days.
The display continued into the body of the church where the window recesses were filled with house hold objects from the days before mains water and electricity reached Mayne. A visitors book recorded the approval and appreciation of those who came to see round a truly wonderful exhibition, put together as a fund-raiser for the church by members of congregation. The tea tent in the car park offered refreshment and the opportunity to meet and greet old friends .