Residents across the Moorlands are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday safely from their homes this year as efforts to control the spread of coronavirus continue. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire Police, the town councils and local branches of the Royal British Legion have worked together to ensure that, collectively, the district honours the service and sacrifices of our Armed Forces whilst safeguarding our communities.
Residents across the Moorlands are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday safely from their homes this year as efforts to control the spread of coronavirus continue.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire Police, the town councils and local branches of the Royal British Legion have worked together to ensure that, collectively, the district honours the service and sacrifices of our Armed Forces whilst safeguarding our communities.
To comply with the guidance and measures in place to try and bring infection rates down, people are advised to ‘Remember at Home’ on Sunday, November 8, rather than attend cenotaphs and memorials as they might otherwise have done.
Small ceremonies and services are still set to take place, but with a limited number of appointed representatives laying wreaths on behalf of their organisations and wider communities.
In Cheadle, the town council is inviting anyone who has a wreath they wish to have laid at the town’s war memorial, to drop them off at the council’s office ahead of the commemorative day.
A council spokesman said: “Wreaths can be dropped off at the Cheadle Town Council office – which is situated in the Tean Road Recreational Grounds – prior to midday on Friday, November 6. The office is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.
“Anyone wishing to do their own wreath laying at the Cheadle war memorial is being asked not to attend between 11am and midday on Sunday, November 8.”
Six people have been selected to lay wreaths on behalf of the community of Cheadle in order to reduce numbers at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.
The town council spokesman added: “Coverage of the event will be placed on social media. It will be recorded during the morning, edited and uploaded to the Facebook page by mid-afternoon. The town council have someone booked to complete this.”
Meanwhile, congregations attending Remembrance church services across the Staffordshire Moorlands are asked to book in advance for test and trace purposes and the rules around prevention measures, including social distancing and limiting social contact, still apply. People attending services are also asked not to attend cenotaphs and monuments afterwards.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “Remembrance events are at the heart of how the nation honours our Armed Forces past and present and, despite the restrictions we’re all facing at this time, here in the Moorlands we’ve worked collaboratively to ensure that that won’t change this year.
“But instead of attending services and laying wreaths in person we’re asking people to remember at home to help protect yourselves and those you care about during the health pandemic.
“Our homes have become places to celebrate and mark the enormous contribution and sacrifices of so many people – in the Spring we all regularly took to our doorsteps to clap for our NHS – so it seems natural at this time that we honour our Armed Forces heroes in the same way.
“People can show their support by joining others across the UK by watching the national service on television and marking the two minutes’ silence from their front doors, buying and wearing poppies and displaying poppies, posters and drawings in their windows.”
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley of Staffordshire Police added: “We have worked together with our partners to ensure that local Remembrance Day events across the Staffordshire Moorlands can take place safely and adhere to the current coronavirus regulations.
“To help prevent the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, it is important that we all continue to comply with social distancing rules and the restrictions on the numbers of people permitted to meet both inside and outside.
“Together we are encouraging people across the Moorlands to participate in their own personal moment of remembrance at home, whether that be watching their local service online, or pausing for the two-minute silence.
“The sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women are never forgotten, even if we are unable to mark this as we normally would during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Cheadle Town Council will be sharing links and information via their website ahead of Remembrance Sunday and people will be able to watch the service on the Team Cheadle Facebook page.
Residents in Cheadle wishing to purchase a Royal British Legion wreath can call Gill Mould on 01538 754021.
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