The Royal British Legion, Harwell Branch

Harwell Branch

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AND ARMISTICE DAY

ALBERT HALL FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE November 2019

Advance ticket information for members can be obtained from the Branch from June. From September a limited number of tickets may be available from the box office.  

REMEMBRANCE Sunday 10th November 2019

This is always the second Sunday in November. Legion Members and youth groups parade from Townsend to a service at the War Memorial in the High Street. The parade then moves off to a further Service in St Mathews Church. This is followed by a short ceremony at the War Graves in Harwell Cemetery.

2019 arrangements 

Details will be posted here nearer the date.

ARMISTICE DAY Monday 11th November 2019

On 11th November a short ceremony is held at the War Memorial in the High Street if the 11th falls on a weekday or Saturday. If it falls on a Sunday it is included with the Remembrance Sunday Service.

2019 Ceremony

Details will be posted here nearer the date.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and ARMISTICE DAY 2018

Sunday’s Remembrance Parade – 11th November
This year’s Remembrance Parade and Service at the Village War Memorial saw a bumper turn out from the Village in recognition of this the significant year being 100 years since the end of WWI.

The Parade marched from Townsend to the War Memorial in the High Street. Around 200 people in total and 10 Standards, consisting of the Royal British Legion (RBL) with Local Council representation (District and Parish), local organisations with the Cadet Forces, Scouts and Guides completing the line up.

Bagpiper, John McFarlane Horgan, who played a selection of pieces through the service, accompanied the parade’s arrival.

An estimated 600 villagers attended the Service at the War Memorial conducted by Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mobey supported by Kate Evans leading the singing.

A collection for the Poppy Appeal went around the Memorial and raised £200.06.

Dr Tony Hughes sounded the Last Post prior to Two Minutes Silence being observed. Wreaths were laid by VOWH DC, Harwell Parish Council, Royal British Legion Harwell, Harwell History Group, The Harwellian Club, Didcot Detachment Army Cadets, 2410 (Didcot) Sqn Air Cadets, Harwell Scouts and the Milbrook Girl Guides .

Following the service, The Parade marched to St Matthew’s Church, where upon the arrival the Standards formed a Guard of Honour at the entrance to the Church. Rev Pam Rolls joined by Rev Mobey took the service with Readings from Reg East and Joan Impey.

In the Village Hall at the same time as the service in church there was an activity session for primary-aged children and refreshments were served.

After the Church Service, RBL Branch Members attended the War Memorial at the Commonwealth War Graves in Harwell Cemetery where a wreath was laid.

Peter Davies
Harwell Branch RBL Ceremonial Officer

Thanks are due to all who attended or participated in the Commemorations, also to Harwell Gardeners Club and Harwell School for the installation of 100 Poppies to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War 1.

Thanks are also due to Harwell Gardeners Club for replanting and maintaining the flower beds and lawns around the War Memorial and Harwell Parish Council for maintenance of the memorial itself and the surrounding area.

Photos

Photos of the 2018 Parade were taken by Simon Haycox and can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2017 Parade were taken by Simon Haycox and Keith Beswick and can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2016 Parade taken by Simon Haycox and Keith Beswick.

Photos of the 2015 Parade were taken by Simon Haycox, Other parade photographs by Kate Beswick and Didcot ATC can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2014 parade were taken by Simon HaycoxBob Girling, and Keith Beswick. Other parade photographs can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2013 parade were taken by Simon HaycoxBob Girling, and Keith Beswick.

Photos of the 2012 parade were taken by Simon Haycox and Keith Beswick,

Photos from 2011:

Remembrance Sunday   Remembrance Sunday

See more Remembrance Photos. (Click on any image for an enlargement and slideshow.)

 

Page last updated 18 Dec 2019, with information from Peter Cox, Branch Secretary

Standards at Anniversary Parade 2008

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