Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) – 75th Anniversary

GCN NETWORKING: Working with members of the local Churchdown Community to Commemorate the true end of WW2

Although Covid-19 restrictions have meant that many events have had to be postponed or cancelled, it didn’t feel right to let the 75th Anniversary of this momentous event pass by unnoticed.

Ladies from Helping Hands Community Crafters hand made vast amounts of quality bunting that GCN Volunteers, Chris Auker-Howlett, Paul Elksnis and Janet Murden helped string up around Churchdown.

GCN volunteer Veterans Chris and Dex from Alabare, and GCN Trustee, Gary Murden helped erect a display at St. John’s Church where VJ Day information and Wreaths could be laid. Thanks also to GCN volunteers, Roy and Kris for helping to relocate the display board materials to St. John’s!

Thank you to Sharon, the Store Manager of Tesco, Churchdown Branch, who allowed Chris set up an information table for VJ Day and for Mental Health awareness.

Chris Evans, owner of The Butterfly Garden and Dundry Nurseries & Garden Centre provided the lovely art work for GCN’s VJ Day Display.


VJ Day Bunting
 Janet Murden putting up bunting.


VJ Day Display
Christopher Auker-Howlett with volunteer Veterans, Chris and Dex in front of the VJ Day display at St. John’s.
VJ Day Display Board in Tesco
Christopher Auker-Howlett in front on the VJ Day and Mental Health information boards at Tesco, Churchdown.


VJ Day Art Work
Christopher Auker-Howlett with a member of the Butterfly Garden Project and Dundry Nursuries & Garden Centre holding one of the art works.