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BLAKEDOWN & HAGLEY BRANCH POPPY APPEAL 2020

We have already confirmed that there will be no Poppy Appeal in the area covered by our Branch in 2020, due to the CoVid Pandemic restrictions. Apart from paper poppies being distributed via the major supermarkets (of which we have none in our area), the only source for poppy regalia is online via The Poppy Shop.

We have now finalised the arrangements for the commemoration of Remembrancetide, again very much changed because of the Pandemic.

On Sunday 8 November, we will be holding a Remembrance Sunday Service at the Hagley War Memorial commencing at 11.00am with the two minutes silence, led by Rev. Richard Newton. There will be no Church Service and no Parade. Admission to the War Memorial will be restricted to those taking part in the service, flag bearers and those laying wreathes, by pre-booked ticket. If you would like to purchase a wreath and obtain a ticket for the event, please contact Jonathan Plant on 07813 785496 no later than 17 October, but this will have to be first come, first served as the amount of space is limited. Given that there is no Poppy Appeal in the area this year, any donations would be very welcome – please contact Jonathan Plant on the number above for details about cheque or Bank Transfer Payments.  We do not have facilities to accept cash donations this year.

I am sure that there will be space on the footpath outside the War Memorial, but we must ask additional attendees that they comply with social distancing requirements, and we will not be able to assist with arrangements. As we are not using the public highway, there will be no measures in place to control traffic at the roundabout.

On Wednesday 11 November, we will be holding a short Service of Remembrance at 11am at Churchill War Memorial, and the laying of wreaths. The war memorial is open to the crossroads, and the road is relatively quiet, so we do not anticipate any issues in view of the limited number expected at this event.

As The Royal British Legion, there was never an option that we would not commemorate the 69 residents of Hagley, Churchill, Blakedown & Broome that have given their lives in conflict over the last 106 years, albeit on a much reduced scale in 2020. We hope to return in 2021, to celebrate The Royal British Legion’s 100th Birthday, and hope that this can return to our traditional commemoration.

Kind regards Jonathan Plant
Treasurer, Blakedown & Hagley Branch, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Organiser – District MDA12 – Hagley Poppy Appeal Organiser – District MD103 – Blakedown