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Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, readers rallied round to help with information aplenty – for which I thank you all. Subsequently myself, others on local social media networks and top folks at Walsall Council got our heads together and assembled the following list of events.
Additional info has now been added from the Walsall Advertiser and Councillor Sue Woodward. Click for more info.
Please note: this is a live list. Clarifications, corrections and further info welcome – particularly looking for clear details of Bloxwich, Darlaston and any more info on South Staffordshire events, like Chasetown, Burntwood, Stonnall and the like. Cheers.
If you have any corrections, clarifications or additions, please do comment or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. I’d like to get the list as accurate and comprehensive as possible.
These functions are organised by a diverse range of organisations, most outside the auspices of the local authority, so getting comprehensive information has been no small task. I’d like to particularly thank Kate Goodall at Walsall Council, and especially the traffic management guys and police who pooled all their information together. This has been a real work of cooperation and detection.
This may not be complete, and details are supplied in good faith. Neither I, Walsall Council or the named readers will be held responsible for inaccuracies in the details provided. We are all human, and this has been quite a tough task.
All events are assumed Sunday Morning 9th November, unless otherwise stated (Walsall Wood parade/Southcart event).
Your understanding is appreciated.
Mayor to lead procession on Remembrance Sunday
Walsall’s Mayor will be leading the annual civic procession to the town’s cenotaph for the laying of wreaths on Remembrance Sunday.
Councillor Peter Smith and his niece, Mayoress Mrs Laura Barnes, will assemble with representatives at Walsall Council House at 10.05am on Sunday 9 November 2014.
Before the parade the Mayor will accompany members of the Carless family and a representative from the Royal Naval Association to place a wreath on the Carless VC memorial in Lichfield Street, on behalf of the town.
There will also be an opportunity for others to lay wreaths there to honour Walsall-born John Henry Carless VC who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallant actions on 17 November 1917 aboard HMS Caledon at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight, Germany, which led to his death.
The Mayor will return to Walsall Council House for 10.25am where the procession will then make its way to the cenotaph in Bradford Place via Lichfield Street, Lower Bridge Street, The Bridge and Bradford Street.
The procession will arrive at the cenotaph in Bradford Place and form in the roadway round the gardens. Walsall Sea Cadets will provide a Guard of Honour for the Mayoral Party.
The Mayoral Party and the Clergy will take their places ready for the start of the service at 10.40am.
The open air service, which will be amplified, will be conducted by the Reverend Mark Kinder, Vicar of St. Paul’s The Crossing.
A sign language interpreter will also be available and will be positioned next to the microphone. People who are hard of hearing may wish to stand as close to the front as possible.
All present at the cenotaph are invited to join in singing hymns, accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and Members of St. Paul’s Church.
The service will be addressed by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Right Reverend Clive Gregory, and the exhortation will be read by a Walsall veteran.
Bugler from the Staffordshire Band will sound The Last Post before a rifle salute to mark the beginning and the end of the two minutes’ silence is given by members of the Mercian Regiment.
The bugler will then sound the Reveille before the Mayor leads the laying of wreaths.
Reverend Mark Kinder will give the blessing and all present are invited to sing the first verse of the National Anthem accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and Members of St. Paul’s Church.
At the conclusion of the service the Mayoral Party will return along the same route to Walsall Council House, where the Mayor will take the salute, accompanied by a Mace Bearer and Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion.
The Mayor said: ‘Remembrance Sunday is a time for us to reflect on the past and present selfless sacrifices made by servicemen and women.
‘Our thoughts will be with those brave men and women and their families on this important day.
‘This year’s event is even more poignant as it is the centenary of World War One – by 9 November 1914, allied fatalities had reached 26,559. I expect a lot more people will be attending this year.’
Across I borough we have been notified about other events:
Scott Southey from Southcart Books in Walsall asked if I could list their event:
On Saturday, 15th November 2014, the Royal British Legion will be in the shop all day to do a bit of fundraising – they are bringing some poets and writers and discussing the theme of Remembrance.
The event has a 11.30am start and here is a list of all writers involved:
Mick Birch – Eileen Ward-Birch – Krissie Griffiths – Ian Henery
Al Barz – Jane James – Billy Spakemon
For more info please email Eileen Birch at email@example.com
The parade will leave the community centre at around 10.30am and a ceremony will start at the cenotaph on The Green at 10.50am, with guests advised to arrive earlier.
Middlemore Lane, Leighswood Road, High Street, Anchor Road, Aldridge By-pass to the Cenotaph at The Green.
From reader Peter:
Sunday 9th November, organised by the Royal British Legion:
Remembrance Service in Aldridge: Assemble at the community Centre on the fields behind Morrisons bordered by Leighswood Road and Middlemore Lane, assemble 10.00 onwards with a parade leaving at 10.30am to arrive at Aldridge Parish Church 10.45 ish, short service outside of thanks prior to 11.00am with hymns and speeches post 11.00am.
Surrounding roads, as usual, will be closed off for the period approx 10.30 till noon.
Not sure anything is on at Barr Beacon this year. Can anyone help?
Info required please
The parade will start at 10am with brownies, guides, scouts and veterans marching along High Street to All Saints Church.
From the junction of Park Street/Drake Road to the Cenotaph at the junction of A34 High Street and B4210 Elmore Green Road
B4155 Lichfield Road, Ogley Road, Vicarage Road, New Road, Church Road, Church Walk, A452 High Street the roundabout at the junction of B4155 Lichfield Road/A452 Chester Road North and Silver Street.
Dennis Powell wrote:
Remembrance service at Cenotaph at St James Church in Brownhills, 11am Sunday morning. Parade leaving Memo earlier.
Katie Barlow helpfully wrote on Facebook:
There is a parade leaving the Memo on Sunday 10.15 am going onto St. James church for a service then back to the memo… I only know of this as my daughter is in the brownies and they as well as the guides cubs scouts cadets etc are marching I think.
Kerry Wilkes added:
There’s a parade leaving the T.S Vigo at Brownhills Activity Centre (Annex) Sunday not 100% on times I know this as my daughter is in the cadets. They are all marching together so I gather cadets are meeting at the Memo.
From Councillor Sue Woodward on twitter:
Service at 11am. Memorial Institute, Burntwood; parade from Leisure Centre to Memorial Gardens.
From Councillor Sue Woodward on twitter:
Service at 11am. Parade from Scouts’ HQ Chase Terrace to St. John’s.
Karen Johnson contributed on Facebook:
There will be a Remembrance service at Holy Trinity Church, Clayhanger on Sunday 9th Nov starting at 10-30am.
A service of Remembrance will be held at St Lawrence’s Church. A parade will leave the Town Hall at 10.30am and anyone wishing to take part should be at the town hall by 10.15am.
From Victoria Road (outside Town Hall) using Crescent Road, A4038 Walsall Road, A462 St Lawrence Way, New Street and then (following a church service of approximately 45 minutes) Church Street, Waverley Road, Slater Street and Victoria Road to the Cenotaph.
Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
A lovely note from Ray Smythe:
I am the Clerk for Heath Hayes and Wimblebury Council. Our Remembrance Sunday event is on 9th November. Meeting at the Constitutional Club in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes at 9.30am, there will be a procession to the Bourne Methodist Church at 9.45am. Service there at 10.00am. Then there will be a march to Five Ways Island an the silence and readings at the Memorial Gates at 11.00am.
Everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to help with marshalling, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing all the events in the area a safe event and nice weather.
A service will be held at Moxley’s memorial, congregating around 10.30am for the 10.45am service.
A service of Remembrance will be held from 10.40am at the cenotaph. A minutes silence will also be held on Armistice Day (Tuesday, November 11) at the cenotaph with people urged to arrive at 10.45am.
Clarendon Place, Old Town Lane, Paradise Lane, Hall Lane, Church Road, B4154 Norton Road and High Street.
Karen Clifft wrote on Facebook:
Remembrance Service in Pelsall, parade leaves the Scout Hut from 10.15am, Church at 10.30-10.40am, service at the Cenotaph at 11am. Everyone welcome
Those paying their respects will gather at 10.30am around the memorial at the top of the Keyway.
From Portobello Methodist Church using B4464 New Road, B4484 Pinson Road and Field Street to the Cenotaph.
Reader Claire kindly informed me:
Remembrance Sunday service in Rushall. 10:45 outside the library, followed by service in the little church across the road. (Between bookies and off licence). Everybody welcome.
From Church Road using Bloxwich Road North, Lane Head Bridge, A462 High Road and A462 Sandbeds Road to the Cenotaph at Haley Street.
From ‘Let’s do it in Streetly’ on Facebook:
Streetly Evangelical Church
Egerton Road (Behind Blackwood ShopsRemembrance Sunday Services:
Sunday 9th November 2014 10.30am- 11.30am
All Age Remembrance Sunday Service Including a 2 minutes silence at 11 o’clock
Followed by refreshments
Remembrance Sunday Family Worship
Followed by refreshments
Beavers, cubs and scouts meeting at 1.45pm to parade down the Lichfield Road to St John’s Church, followed by a service.
The procession will use A461 Lichfield Road and A461 High Street.
(Afternoon procession from approximately 2.00 pm)
Molly Lloyd wrote on Facebook:
Remembrance Day Parade. Sunday 9th November. 2.15pm from Oak Park. We will remember them!
Willenhall town centre
A parade will form at 10am, heading from Wakes car park, Walsall Street, to the war memorial in Pinson Road.
From Willenhall town centre using Market Street, Stafford Street and Field Street to the Cenotaph.