This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday in the Church. At the time of writing the current Government Guidelines dictate that we cannot open our churches for a Service of Remembrance, however, it is permitted that local authorities or faith leaders can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph. To do this we must you complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus as detailed in Government Guidance.
I wanted to let people know that it is my intention to have a brief act of Remembrance at Chebsey War Memorial at 10:50am on Sunday. This will include a minute silence, the laying of a wreath and the Last Post and Reveille.
This event will not be open to the public due to restrictions but limited to:
members of the armed forces, veterans of the armed forces, and/or their representatives or carers
people attending as part of their work (such as local councillors, local faith leaders, the local MP)
people attending in a voluntary capacity on behalf of a recognised organisation
It should be noted that those found not to be compliant with these regulations may be subject to financial penalties.
Should you be in one of the above groups and wish to attend could you please inform me in advance either via email at email@example.com or phone 01785 282829.
I am of course very disappointed that we cannot offer an official service of Remembrance of some sort for people but I do hope this Act of Remembrance at the Chebsey War Memorial will allow people to feel the moment does not pass unmarked. Should you wish to join us in the minute’s silence at 11am on Sunday by standing silently at your door step this will be appreciated I am sure.
Full details of guidelines for events are available at:
With assurance of the church’s continued prayers for our communities and villages in these tough times.
Rev’d Doug Heming