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Remembrance events scaled down further due to lockdown

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Some remembrance events in the Moorlands have now been cancelled due to the second national lockdown in England, while others have been scaled down. There had set to be small scale events – adhering to the rule of six – taking place in a number of places throughout the Moorlands, but now since the Government has announced a second lockdown as part of the nation's ongoing battle with coronavirus, a number of events have been cancelled – while others are still going ahead, adhering to revised Government guidelines.

Some remembrance events in the Moorlands have now been cancelled due to the second national lockdown in England, while others have been scaled down.

There had set to be small scale events – adhering to the rule of six – taking place in a number of places throughout the Moorlands, but now since the Government has announced a second lockdown as part of the nation’s ongoing battle with coronavirus, a number of events have been cancelled – while others are still going ahead, adhering to revised Government guidelines.

Last week, Cheadle Town Council announced that they were inviting residents to drop wreaths off at their Tean Road office so that a group of six people, only, would lay the wreaths.

A spokesman for Cheadle Town Council said yesterday (Tuesday, November 3): “It looks like the Remembrance Day can go ahead according to Government guidelines received from the Prime Minister as long as it is restricted and no more than six people socially distancing.

We are asking for people to show their support by going to the Royal British Legion website to purchase a poppy which can be printed out and put in their window.”

For updates on Remembrance in Cheadle, go to the town council’s website.

However, Forsbrook Parish Council has taken the decision not to host any wreath laying ceremony this year.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “Unfortunately the very difficult decision has been made to cancel any official wreath laying on Remembrance Sunday.

Any groups or persons who have previously had a wreath supplied to them will have this delivered this week to enable them to lay the wreath at a time to suit themselves on Remembrance Day.

There will be no official organised parish Remembrance Day event this year.”

Meanwhile, in Draycott-in-the-Moors, the parish council is inviting residents to ‘take part’ in the village’s commemorations just by tying a poppy to a particular tree within the parish.

A spokesman for the council said: “Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council invite you to tie a Remembrance Poppy over the next week to the Little Yew Tree which is situated next to the commemorative bench in front of St Margaret’s Church, Draycott for Armistice Day.”

The Royal British Legion (RBL) is urging people to still support this year’s Poppy Appeal. Lots of poppy products can be purchased online at www.poppyshop.org.uk.

The RBL has also come up with a list of different ways how people could commemorate Remembrance Day this year.

A spokesman said on their website: “As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, it may be necessary for individuals and communities to consider new ways of performing Remembrance activities, whether at Remembrancetide or any other time of the year.”

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a wide-range of suggested Covid safe activities that are inexpensive to create.”

  • Hold a small Remembrance service in your garden.

  • Create a Remembrance space in your garden by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance.

  • Use Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host an online Remembrance service or activity.

  • Set up a community Remembrance forum to discuss different residents’ Remembrance stories.

  • Create an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.

  • Do an online interview with a local veteran or someone currently serving to discuss what service and sacrifice means to them. You could send people the link and create an online audience.

  • Open an online book of Remembrance that family, friends and others can sign as a mark of Remembrance.

  • Write letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnel.

  • Use our Remembrance education activities to help children learn about Remembrance.

  • Create your own Remembrance art piece using our teaching resources – children and families could be asked to display something in their window like the rainbows for the NHS.

    To find out more go online to www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance.

    For up to date information about the Government guidelines surrounding Remembrance events, go online tohttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday.

What are you going to be doing to remember the fallen this year? Please share your pictures with us by emailing them to news@timesandecho.co.uk.

Photo by Tony Lovatt

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