Note: in the light of new government regulations which were announced since this post was published, it’s possible that even these slimmed-down arrangements may need to be modified. Please contact the respective organisations for up-to-date information.
Remembrance Sunday Parades and Services are major events in our local towns and regularly attract thousands of people who wish to pay their respects. Due to the current government guidelines on mass gatherings and social distancing, the usual parades and services will not take place on Remembrance Sunday (8 November) this year. However, many communities throughout the area are organising more restricted events: in many cases these will be recorded for residents to watch at home.
This post was created by Penny Post. It does not not pretend to be an exhaustive list of the events which are taking place on 8 November in the area Penny Post covers (which includes most of West Berkshire but also extends to the north and west – see the map above right). Every parish will be organising its own commemoration and the details should be given wide local publicity. If you would like to provide information about the arrangements in a town or village not mentioned below, or are aware of any information that needs to be changed, please email email@example.com.
A small, restricted service and wreath-laying in the Market Place and at the War Memorial will be taking place for invited guests in a controlled environment. The areas in use on the day will be cordoned off and the public are being encouraged to ‘Remember from Home’ by watching a video live stream or by tuning into a live radio broadcast of the reduced service.
For their own safety, and the safety of those invited, the public are asked not to attend this year. A wreath will be laid by the Mayor of Newbury on behalf of all the residents of the town. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to pay their respects safely in their own time and are encouraged to lay poppies, crosses, and wreaths at the War Memorial at any time during Remembrance Week in a socially distanced, safe manner.
This year’s small Remembrance Parade will leave from St Mark’s School playing field across Cold Ash Hill to St. Marks Church at 10:45am.
Cold Ash Hill between The Ridge, Ashmore Green road junction and Walters Close will be closed from 10:40am to 11:15am to allow for the Parade and Act of Remembrance.
The Act of Remembrance is a short service with the Laying of the Wreaths and the two minutes silence, which takes place outside the Church in front of the War Memorial from 10:50am to 11:00am. Members of the public will need to stand outside the churchyard due to limited numbers permitted inside.
Rresidents will not be able to attend this years Remembrance Parade and Service so Thatcham Town Council will instead live-stream a restricted service for members of public to watch on Thatcham Town Council’s YouTube channel from 10.45am.
Residents can also get involved and pay their respects by to colour in a poppy picture and place in their windows at home. You can draw your own design or print off a Colour Me Poppy sheet here.
The Town Council is also asking Thatcham residents to join in ‘The Great Poppy Knit’ and knit, crochet or stitch poppies which will be included as part of a community installation on Thatcham Broadway from 8 November. Please bring all handmade poppies to the Thatcham Town Council Offices in Brownsfield Road.
For more information please contact the Town Council on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01635 863592.
Sadly, due to Covid, it is not possible to hold a public event this year or to have REME parade through the High Street. Instead we are asking the Hungerford community to pay their respects by printing off a simple poppy image to colour in and place in your windows at home. You can download a template here, pick up a paper copy from the foyer of the library building which will be accessible during library opening hours 0r simply print any poppy picture and display in a prominent window.
There will be a Rembrance Sunday service at 9.30am at St Lawrence’s Church and a restricted ceremony with a small number of invited wreath-layers at 11am at the War Memorial which will be videoed and uploaded to St Lawrence’s YouTube channel at noon.
St Mary’s Church will hold a scaled-down Act of Remembrance at 10:45am observing the two minutes’ silence and reading the names of the fallen; there will be the opportunity for a file-past the War Memorial; we will have individual remembrance markers available to place by the Memorial with donations for the work of the British Legion.
Restrictions around safe spacing and the building’s capacity mean this has to be by invitation only: please contact Jenny Veasey on 01488 657911 or email email@example.com.
With no road closure in place there will not be space for the public to attend the War Memorial in New Road. However, please be assured that under the rule of six a small number of organisations will lay wreaths over an extended period of time to make sure that Marlborough’s fallen and our armed forces are honoured on the day. Photographs will be available soon after the final wreath has been laid.
Mayor Mark Cooper is saddened and disappointed that this decision had to be made and has prepared a personal message.
The village is invited to join in from their homes and with the plans to broadcast the Last Post, the Exhortation, Reveille and the Kohima Epitaph across the village. It is hoped that people will commemorate and observe the two minute silence from their dorsteps and gardens.
Masses will be celebrated at Wantage Parish Church at 8am, 9am and 10am (please note change of times). At 9am at Holy Trinity and 11am at the Parish Church there will be a brief Act of Remembrance at the war memorials. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, we are asking people not to attend. Live streaming of these events will be provided on Wantage Town Council’s Facebook page. There will be no civic service this year.
An Act of Remembrance will take place at 10.45am at the War Memorial. There will be a road closure to allow for social distancing in the churchyard and market place.
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