Remembrance – Stand up and be counted!

UPDATED 5th November due to current restrictions.

We are inviting you to stand up and be counted for Remembrance Sunday this year.

Remembrance Sunday this year, along with most other things in 2020, can’t go ahead as normal. This big community event for Kings Hill, which regularly attracts around over 500 members of the public, including our uniformed groups and other community representatives marking the day.

Five hundred plus people really can’t be socially distanced in one place easily, so we have been working hard since guidance was released on the 15th October to come up with something fitting for the community.

We think we’ve sorted it! We are inviting the community of Kings Hill to join the Royal British Legion’s every poppy counts campaign, print off a poppy and then mark the 2 minute silence on your doorstep (we know you can do it, as you did it every Thursday through lockdown for the NHS!). To help you mark the 2 minute silence you can either watch the Kings Hill Remembrance Day Service and wreath laying live on Facebook from the Running Airman or stream the pre-recorded version on Youtube.

We will be holding a short service, the act of remembrance and laying of wreaths at the running airman and community centre carpark. This will be a closed, Covid Secure service for invited representatives of the community organisations who normally lay wreaths. To help stop the spread of coronavirus we ask you to watch online and mark it at home, please don’t come, keep both us and you safe.

Unfortunately we won’t now be putting the perspex boxes at the statue to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

So will you stand up and be counted?
If you do, we’d love to see your pics, message them to our FB page.

In Brief;
1. Goto Royal British Legion’s every poppy counts campaign, print off a poppy
2. Tune into Facebook or Youtube from 10.45am
3. Mark the 2 minute silence on your doorstep

We are working within the government guidelines that were updated on Tuesday 3rd November and state that remembrance events should be;

  • short and focussed on wreath laying, with a reduced march past or parade only if social distancing can be maintained
  • take advantage of opportunities for wreath layers to represent wider groups
  • take precautionary measures as set out in the performing arts guidance for any small, military bands
  • not involve communal singing
  • keep numbers to a minimum, focussing attendance on those wishing to lay wreaths (more information on who can attend below)
  • take reasonable steps to minimise wider public viewing.