This year, due to Covid, local Remembrance Services and the Poppy Appeal will look different.
This page provides you with events that are taking place locally to honour our Armed Forces communities and to mark Armistice Day.
It also provides information and advice to help you plan Remembrance events in a lawful and safe way.
You can find useful guidance on the Local Government Association’s website.
Advice on local remembrance events
Advice on outdoor events
Local Remembrance Events
Held on Sunday 1 November
There will be no parade as such.
Meet up at approximately 10.45am at the memorial for a short Service by the Vicar.
Leading up to 11am the role of honour will be read, wreaths laid, then the Last Post followed by 2 minutes silence. The exaltation will be read before a steady dispersal.
- District wide
The Council will play a pre recorded ‘virtual’ Dedication Service for the World War 1 Beacon which is sited in St. Luke’s Church. This will go out on the Council’s social media on Sunday 8 November.
- Norton Canes
Norton Canes Primary Academy intend to release a video (at 10:55) through their social media channels, which incorporates the 2 minute silence, poetry and songs by our year 5 and 6 children and a roll call of all the souls who lost their lives in both wars.
9.30am Reverend Paul Kelly will lead an online service with no congregation which will be broadcast from the Parish Facebook Page. This will be shared through the Town Council Facebook Page too and encourage others to do the same.
10.15am Standard Bearer to arrive to receive the invited guests
10.30 – 10.45am Invited guests to arrive as well as Rev Kelly and Salvation Army cornet player
10.50am service at War Memorial broadcast as Facebook Live through the Town Council page and shared elsewhere including the 2minute silence at 11am and presentation of wreaths for attending groups
11am Community to participate in 2 minute silence on the doorstep
11.20am guests depart, standard stood down and sound system dismantled
From noon community group representatives will attend the War Memorial at pre-arranged times. There are currently eight groups each with a single representative.
Estimated finish time 3pm
No arrangements – people are welcome to lay wreaths over the Remembrance period.
- Heath Hayes & Wimblebury
Streaming of a pre recorded service on the Parish Council’s social media page at 11am on Sunday 8 November.
There will be a barrier around the Cenotaph which will be removed after a very short service to allow the public etc. to lay the wreaths; only 6 allowed in front of the Cenotaph – the 6 have been notified.
The service will start at 10.45am.
No parade or church service.
A short service and wreath laying will be held at the war memorial commencing at 10:45 a.m. Formal invitations to participate in service and wreath laying have been sent to limit the numbers attending to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
The event in Rugeley has been cancelled due to the new restirctions. However, people are invited to lay their wreaths throughout the day.
The Poppy Appeal
The Royal British Legion have ensured that local branches are providing a range of ways to get a poppy, support the Appeal, and take part in Remembrance. Here are some of the initiatives that are taking place in North Staffordshire to support the Appeal.
A donation poster is available below which you may wish to display and share. The QR code on the poster provides a convenient way for people to donate from their devices.
There are also several ways to get involved online such as My Poppy Run, the 11/11 Challenge, Move to Remember and downloadable poppies. These provide a great opportunity to support the Poppy Appeal virtually!
For more information on these and to request fundraising packs, please the Royal British Legion website
Last Updated: 06/11/2020