Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in Chippenham
On Sunday 10 November Chippenham Town Council will join the Royal British Legion to welcome dignitaries and invited guests to their annual Service of Remembrance held at St Andrews Church in Chippenham.
The service will begin as a procession led by the Macebearer leaving the Town Hall at 10.05am and will make its way to St Andrews Church. At 10.55am the congregation will leave the church to gather at the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance. We welcome local residents and visitors to join the service at the War Memorial if they would like to do so.
There will be a 2 minute silence at 11am followed by Reveille, Kohima Epitaph, the National Anthem and laying of the wreaths.
Order of Wreath laying:
– Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire – Mrs Victoria Nye, D.L.
– Mayor of Chippenham, Cllr Desna Allen
– Leader of Wiltshire Council, Cllr Philip Whitehead
– Royal British Legion & Ladies Section
– 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corp, Lt Col J W Brown
– Michelle Donelan MP
– Wiltshire Police, Police Sergeant John Brixey
– Followed by other groups and organisations
The Macebearer will lead the procession from the War Memorial back to the Town Hall steps where they will wait to salute 9 Regiment RLC, the Royal British Legion and uniformed organisations as they march down the High Street. We welcome members of the community to line either side of the High Street to offer support to our local regiment and groups.
Cllr Desna Allen, Mayor of Chippenham said of the event; “We are very privileged to be working alongside the Royal British Legion for this annual commemorative event. It is particularly poignant to note that those with living memories of the Second World War become fewer each year. Therefore it’s important that we honour those who are currently serving, who have served and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.”
Please note the following road and parking closures:
Wiltshire Council parking services have suspended parking in the bays adjacent to the War Memorial and outside Superdrug from 6pm on Saturday 9 November until 12noon on Sunday 10 November. People found parking in these bays during this time will be issued with a penalty fine.
To ensure crowd and traffic safety, road diversions and closures will be in place between 9am – 12noon around the High Street area.
On Monday 11 November the Royal British Legion will be leading a short service to commemorate Armistice Day. In attendance will be a Deputy Lieutenant, The Mayor of Chippenham, representatives from 9 Regiment RLC and 8th REME, Chairman of Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Town Councillors and staff, and invited guests with gather on the Town Hall steps to observe a 2 minute silence at 11am followed by Reveille and the Kohima Epitaph.
The local community is encouraged to join us in the High Street outside the Town Hall to participate in this act of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Irene Sinclair, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Chippenham Branch said of these events; “The Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone involved in these important commemorations, and we also would like to thank those who raise funds for those who serve or who have served their country and find themselves in hardship.”