Remembrance Sunday 2020

28th October 2020 / News archive

This year the Royal British Legion are asking us to remember from home

This year we are unable to hold our annual event to honour Remembrance Sunday, which would usually include a procession from the Town Hall for a service at St Andrews Church, a large Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, followed by a procession by our local uniformed organisations and 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

Remembrance Sunday is a very important event in our Civic events calendar and for our local community. To enable us to honour the day, we have made relevant arrangements to ensure that safety is paramount.

We will hold a very small socially distanced wreath laying service at the war memorial which we are asking our local community to watch on a live stream from home.

We ask that you do not gather around the War Memorial and High Street as so many of you would do so normally. If crowds do gather and do not adhere to social distancing guidelines, we may have to stop the service.

We are strictly following government guidance for this small service, but we will alter plans should the guidance change.

Mayor of Chippenham, Cllr Teresa Hutton said of the event; “I am pleased we are still able to honour our armed forces with this small service. We know our local community will be disappointed to not attend but I am sure they will understand and remember safely from home via the live stream.”

Due to current restrictions, The Royal British Legion are having to scale back their street collections for the Poppy Appeal. If you would like to support their fundraising there are many ways in which to do so. If you would like to purchase a poppy, we have some available at Customer Services at the Town Hall.

Also, you can download a poppy and display in your window at home, you can sign up to take part in a Poppy Run or you can add a name of someone special to a virtual field of remembrance. Please take a look at the Royal British Legion website for more information HERE

The Act of Remembrance and wreath laying service will be live streamed via our You Tube page from 10.30am, the service will begin at 10.40am on Sunday 8th November 2020 with a 2 minute silence at 11am.

If you would like to lay a wreath at the War Memorial please contact us and we can make sure you are able to do so safely within current restrictions.