Harwell Parish Council and Harwell RBL Branch confirmed that the 2021 Remembrance Parade would return in its full format on Sunday 14th November, with a 2 minutes silence held on the 11th November. Both events went well, being well attended in unseasonably warm weather
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The 2019 Remembrance Parade and Service at the Village War Memorial was well attended by Parade goers and villagers alike, in crisp, clear, if cold, conditions.
The Parade marched from Townsend to the War Memorial in the High Street. Around 200 people in total and 10 Standards, consisting of the RBL with Local Council representation (District and Parish), local organisations with the Cadet Forces, Scouts and Guides completing the line up.
An estimated 450 villagers attended the Service at the War Memorial conducted by Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mobey with Dr Tony Hughes playing the Last Post to signify the start of the two minute silence.
A collection for the Poppy Appeal went around ahead and after the service and raised £322.89.
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.
After the Church Service, about 15 villagers and RBL Branch Members attended the War Memorial at the Commonwealth War Graves in Harwell Cemetery where a wreath was laid on behalf of the Branch.
11th November 2 minute silence
A short commemoration was held at the High Street War Memorial at 11 o’clock in recognition of the two minutes silence held on the 11th November. Around 20 people attended, together with about 25 Harwell School children and teachers.
Branch President Reginald East conducted the ceremony. After saying a few words to indicate the significance of Remembrance the Last Post was sounded by Dr. Tony Hughes, the Two Minutes Silence was observed, and the RBL Standard was dipped by Branch Standard Bearer Charles East. A wreath was laid on behalf of Little Pippins Pre-School.
Thanks are due to all who attended or participated in the Commemorations.
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.