The Royal British Legion, Harwell Branch

Harwell Branch



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REMEMBRANCE Sunday 11th November 2018

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.

2018 arrangements 

The Remembrance Sunday parade and service this year will be on Sunday 11th November. The Parade will form up at Townsend at 10.30am and set off for the War Memorial for the service there at 10.45am. After the service the Parade will continue to the Church. Following the Church service, the RBL will march to a short ceremony at the War Graves.

Any Village Organisation wishing to take part or to lay a wreath should contact Ceremonial Officer Peter Davies via (wreath ordering deadline 19th October).


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.

2018 Ceremony

As the 11th November 2018 is Remembrance Sunday, the ceremony will be included in the Remembrance Sunday Services.


Armistice Day – 2 minutes silence

About 30 people gathered for the Ceremony, including the Branch Standard carried by Charlie East, and older pupils from Harwell School, at the War Memorial on Saturday 11th November for the 11 o’clock 2 minutes silence.

The Branch President, Reg East, led the Ceremony by welcoming all for attending and indicating the importance of Remembrance. The Last Post was played by Dr Tony Hughes and the Two Minutes Silence observed.

Sunday ’s Remembrance Parade

This year’s Remembrance Parade and Service at the Village War Memorial was once again organised by the Royal British Legion Harwell Branch and St Matthew’s Church Harwell on behalf of Harwell Parish Council. Volunteers from the Village closed the roads and marshalled the traffic. While members of the RBL Branch, Harwellian Club, local Air Cadets, Scouts and Guides were on Parade.

The Parade marched from Townsend to the War Memorial in the High Street. Around 200 people in total and 16 Standards. Each of the attending Youth organisations had a representation taking up sentry posts around the War Memorial. Bagpiper, John McFarlane Horgan, who played a selection of pieces through the service, accompanied the parade’s arrival.

About 350 villagers attended the Service at the War Memorial. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mobey conducted the service; supported by Kate Evans leading the singing.

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

A collection for the Poppy Appeal was made, totalling £134.83

Following the service, The Parade marched to St Matthew’s Church, where upon arrival the Standards formed a Guard of Honour at the entrance to the Church. Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey took the service and Kate Evans preached, with a Reading from Reg East, and prayers led by Mike Pepper. During the service, around 70 children had an activity in the Village Hall led by Michelle Williams and Alison Gale.

After the Church Service, RBL Branch Members attended the Ceremony at the War Graves in Harwell Cemetery where a wreath was laid in honour of the fallen at the Memorial there.

Thanks are due to all who attended or participated in the Commemorations, also to Harwell Gardeners Club for maintaining the gardens around the War Memorial and Harwell Parish Council and Harwell Gardeners Club for maintaining the surrounding area.


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 6 Feb 2018, with information from Peter Cox, Branch Secretary

Standards at Anniversary Parade 2008

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