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Droitwich Spa Town Council

Statement to update on the arrangements for Remembrance 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Due to the continuing Pandemic restrictions a virtual meeting took place on 11 September 2020 to collaboratively review the guidelines and consider permissible options. The Meeting was chaired by Councillor Humphries in his capacity as the Chairman of the Droitwich Spa Branch of the Royal British Legion and was facilitated by the Town Clerk. Delegates included Elected Members representing the Town, District and County Councils, the Police and RBL Secretary.

 

Councillor WT Moy – Mayor of Droitwich Spa explained that the changes for the 2020 Remembrance arrangements had been carefully considered and not easy decisions to make. He added that “I am sure those we are remembering would have not liked us to put the public at risk unnecessarily. Regrettably there will be no formal parade, public service or gathering on Remembrance Sunday and we are proposing alternative arrangements to commemorate and mark the occasion this year”. Councillor A Humphries, Chairman of the Droitwich Spa Branch of the Royal British Legion endorsed this approach and emphasised that “the health, safety and wellbeing of all Droitwich Spa residents, the general public and Members of the Royal British Legion remains paramount. Furthermore 2021 marks the centenary year of the formation of the Royal British Legion and it is widely hoped that the occasion can be marked with a befitting return to the usual high standard Remembrance arrangements and protocols”. 

 

Updated details for 2020 are as follows,

  • The local RBL will contact everyone who has placed a wreath order for 2020 and ask for these to be collected by prior arrangement. Organisations and individuals are to be encouraged to lay wreaths at their own convenience at the Memorial in Victoria Square during the week before Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020.
  • Groups and Individuals can take photographs as they place the wreaths and forward them to the RBL Branch Chairman or Secretary (Droitwich.Chairman@rbl.community & Droitwich.Secretary@rbl.community). It is hoped to formulate a collage of the photographs representative of 2020 for public display in the Heritage Centre at St Richards House.
  • For any Groups or Individuals who prefer not to do this, alternative arrangements can be made. For example the RBL Branch Committee have offered to place wreaths in accordance with the recommended guidelines and provide a photograph for confirmation thereafter.
  • It is hoped that all wreaths will be in place at the memorial by Sunday 8 November 2020.
  • Prior to 8 November – the Mayor, the Chairman & Secretary of the RBL Branch and the Chaplain will record a short Remembrance Service in St Andrews Church. This is intended to be broadcast at the appropriate time on Remembrance Sunday using social media streaming. It is important to maintain the Rule of Six during the Service and it is hoped that a Representative from the Office of the Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire will be in attendance.   
  • The Service will take the form of prayers and a short address from the Chaplain, delivery of the Exhortation, 2 minutes silence and the Kohima Epitaph presented by the RBL Branch Chairman.
  • On Wednesday 11 November 2020 a similar small ceremony will take place at the memorial and conclude with the laying of wreaths by the Mayor and 4 representatives of the RBL. At all times the rule of six will be followed and socially distancing measures conformed with.
  • There are other ways to create tributes this year. Suggestions include the Royal British Legion’s Virtual Field of Remembrance in memory of those who fell whilst serving our country. Full Details at (https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/remember-a-loved-one/virtual-fields-of-remembrance). Simple tributes can include poppies displayed at home and standing outside to mark the Act of Remembrance in silent prayer & contemplation at 11.00 am on Sunday 8th November and Wednesday 11th November 2020. It is hoped to display illuminated poppies on the frontage of St Richards House for the period of Remembrance this year.   

 

 

Mark Keld

Town Clerk – Droitwich Spa Town Council

 

6th October 2020.

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