Thursday, 23 September 2021

Rememberance Day parades

A PARADE will signal the start of Henley?s annual Remembrance Sunday service.

A PARADE will signal the start of Henley?s annual Remembrance Sunday service. It will begin in Greys Road car park at 10.20am before entering Market Place, which will be closed to traffic.

The parade marshal will again be Major Paul Smyth, of the Territorial Army. There will be 20 chairs outside the town hall for those who want to watch the parade but find standing difficult.

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and Brigadier Malcolm Page, president of the Henley branch of the Royal British Legion, will give speeches from the town hall steps. A ceremony for Armistice Day on Monday will be held at the town hall, beginning at 10.55am.

In Wargrave, Brigadier Ian Dobbie, a former soldier with 35 years? service, will be the speaker at its Remembrance Sunday service, which starts at 10am. Those wanting to take part should meet in Church Street at 9.30am. Brig Dobbie, who served in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Gulf, will speak at St Mary?s Church in Station Road.

The service will be preceded by a parade through the village at 9.40am, organised by the Wargrave Branch of the Royal British Legion and starting in Church Street.

At 10.45am, the service will move to the war memorial outside the church for wreath-laying and a two-minute silence at 11am before resuming the parade in High Street.

In Whitchurch, there will be a morning service at St Mary?s Church at 9.30am. At 10.50am, villagers will walk up High Street for a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial.

Whitchurch and Goring Heath parish councils will both be taking part and there will be a bugle player. For the first time this year, the road will be shut while the ceremony takes place.

In Woodcote, residents will gather at the war memorial on the corner of Reading Road and Goring Road at 11am.

The parish council and cadets from the Oratory School will lay wreaths. There will then be a service of remembrance at St Leonard?s Church.

In Goring, a remembrance service will be held at St Thomas? Church at 10.50am.

At 11am, parishioners will gather at the war memorial in the churchyard and the village?s scouts, the parish council and the Royal British Legion will lay wreaths. In Peppard, the service starts at 10.50am at the village war memorial and will be followed by a two-minute silence at 11am.

A service at the war memoral in Kidmore End will take place at 10.50am and will be followed by a two-minute silence at 11am.

Wreaths will be laid by the Royal British Legion, the parish councils of Sonning Common and Kidmore End, local churches and primary schools.

A short service will also be held at the memorial in Rotherfield Greys from noon where there will be a bugle player.

In Benson, a parade will begin at 10.35am, starting at the village butchers before going through the village to the war memorial.

More than 15 community groups will be present, including cubs, scouts, schools and representatives of RAF Benson.

In Watlington, a parade from the town hall to the war memorial will take place at about 10.45am.

There will be an act of remembrance and about 30 wreaths will be laid by retired brigadier Nigel Mogg, whose mother lives in the town, and representatives from the armed forces, schools, pre-schools and the parish council. A service will be conducted by the Rev John Burrell at St Helen?s Church.

In Mapledurham, a remembrance service will be held at St Margaret?s at 10.45am.

It will begin with the act of remembrance at the Second World War memorial gates at the entrance to the churchyard. The normal Eucharist will begin just after 11am in the churchyard.

A parade in Caversham will be followed by a service at the war memorial from 10.50am where there will be speeches and hymns. Music will be provided by the Lower Earley Salvation Army Band.

A service will be held at St John?s Church in Gosbrook Road, Caversham, from 10am. It will include a video clip of a member of the military or one of their family talking about their faith and end with the act of remembrance.

It will last just over an hour and refreshments will be available afterwards. All are welcome.

At St Peter?s in Caversham, there will be a Eucharist service at 9.45am which will be followed by the act of remembrance at 11am.

DEPUTY Mayor Martin Akehurst has been relieved of his duties on Henley Town Council temporarily for health reasons.

He requested an extended period of absence, which was unanimously agreed by full council on Tuesday.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy said: ?He is not doing this for any other reason than his health and he has been advised to take complete rest, which means his other activities, such as acting and volunteer work, will also stop.

?Councillor Akehurst is a north ward member and there are eight others who serve it so the other seven councillors will have to spread their work to cover him.?

Cllr Akehurst, who lives in Two Tree Hill, Henley, was elected in May 2011. He was elected Deputy Mayor in April and is deputy chairman of the planning committee.

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