Each year, as a village community we have been very strong in coming together to give thanks for and honour those who gave their lives on our behalf at our annual Remembrance Service. Last year 700 people gathered at our annual Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial at School Green.
In these changed times organising a physical service with such numbers could put the safety and lives of people in the community at risk. Yet many of us will still want to gather as a wonderfully diverse, yet unified community, to show our thankfulness and mark our respects before God. To this end we are looking to have three socially distanced ‘parades’ of no more than six people each, that will process through the village. The parades will be composed of people representative of the forces and local community, both young and old. Each parade will take a different route through the village to take in as many houses as possible before converging on School Green. As the parades pass, the hope is that people might like to come to their front door to show their respect in some way. For example, children may like to draw, or make a poppy picture, to hold up as the parade passes. At School Green, where the parades converge, though maintaining a social distance from one another, a service will be conducted where poppy wreaths will be laid on behalf of the village. The Parish Council Chairman will lay a large wreath that lists the 20 plus people and organisations who usually lay wreaths. A silence will be observed at 11am. The service will be live streamed so that people can watch it at home. This means everyone can be part of the service, while staying safe. Following the service and throughout the day personal wreaths may be placed on the war memorial but please follow social distancing rules and do not congregate around the war memorial.
We hope this will be an event that will allow people to pay their respects, bring us together and strengthen our sense of community. We welcome thoughts and comments and will be releasing more details as we approach the date. With thanks for your support.
Shinfield Remembrance Service Organising Team