Centenary Service held at the College
A short service was held on Friday 1st September 2017 at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel to commemorate the 100th anniversary to the day of the opening of the Nautical College, Pangbourne – today Pangbourne College.
Led by the school’s Chaplain, Rev. Neil Jeffers, the service was built around the College’s motto since the early 1920s – ‘Fortiter ac Fideliter.’ It included a reading from the beginning of the Book of Joshua with its injunction to Joshua from the Lord to ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ In his sermon, Rev. Jeffers expanded on this theme and its relevance to the past one hundred years in the College’s history and its continuing relevance both to the school’s present Flag Values and to its future.
Prior to the Service some of the OPs present marched across the parade ground into the chapel recreating how the first 31 cadets who arrived at the NCP in 1917 would march down the hill to the village church to attend services there until space was made for a regular place of worship at the school later in the 1920s.