2020 Remembrance at St Mary's Kintbury with Avington

“We will remember them”

Early in October, the local Royal British Legion and St Mary’s Church started thinking and talking together about this year’s Remembrance Sunday (08/11) commemoration, in the light of the current situation and all the restrictions in place.

If you have ever attended a Remembrance Day in Kintbury, you will understand the potential problems relating in particular to social distancing both in the churchyard around the War Memorial, and for the service inside.  There are guidelines and requirements for both the Church and the RBL to follow, and sadly, there seems to be no way of matching adherence to these, with the event as it usually happens.  The British Legion, therefore, has made the decision for this year that it is just not possible for the normal procedures to take place and will not have an official presence on Remembrance Sunday.

St Mary’s Church will hold a scaled-down Act of Remembrance at 10:45am on 08/11 – observing the 2 minutes’ Silence and reading the names of the fallen; there will be the opportunity for a “file-past” the War Memorial; we will have individual remembrance markers available to place by the Memorial with donations for the work of the British Legion.  If you receive or buy a wooden cross from the British Legion it would be appropriate to bring that; or some of you may choose to place other remembrance tokens.  If you will want to write a name or message on one of our markers, please bring your own pen.

Social distancing will be observed at all times with numbers inside and out restricted to levels within a safe capacity; there will be a one-way system in place; face-coverings should be worn; no community singing is permitted anywhere on church premises at the moment; and we are asked to keep a record of attendees.

This will be followed by a shortened, socially distanced service (no uniformed organisations, no flags, no singing etc) in the church.  Restrictions around safe spacing and the building’s capacity mean this has to be by invitation only, extended to community representatives.  If you have served in the armed forces, or if you are a family member of one of the men whose names are on the War Memorial and whom we shall be remembering on 8/11, please do contact Jenny Veasey 657911/jennyveasey@hotmail.co.uk for an invitation.

So this year – things have to change, and will be compliant with all current requirements. 

The “Remembering” will be as sincere as always – the ceremony will be different but still heartfelt.