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Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2015.
Please bear in mind that due to the unfathomable new policy of West Midlands Police, many Walsall parades are truncated or curtailed this year.
I’m still after details of events not mentioned – including those in South Staffordshire, like Burntwood, Chasetown, Norton, Stonnall etc, Comment here or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com if you have information to share. All welcome!
This post will remain pinned to the top of the blog until tomorrow, so the information is to hand. Just click the ‘more’ link in grey below for the full details.
Please note: this is a live list. Clarifications, corrections and further info welcome.
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 is no small task. Try thanks to Walsall Council who this year have issued a comprehensive press release of local events.
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 is always quite a tough task.
All events are assumed Sunday Morning 8th November, unless otherwise stated (Walsall Wood parade).
Your understanding is appreciated.
Annual ceremonies and parades organised by a diverse range of individuals and groups throughout the borough will be providing opportunities for veterans and residents to pay their respects this Remembrance Day Sunday 8 November:
Walsall Town Centre – Parade route is from the Challenge Car Park on Hatherton Street to the cenotaph at Bradford Place via Hatherton Street, Hatherton Road, Lichfield Street, Lower Bridge Street, The Bridge and Bradford Street. Return via the reverse.
Streetly – Parade route is from Streetly Community Centre to All Saints Church (both on Foley Road East). Then following the service the parade will reach Lindons School via Foley Road East, Foley Road West, Grosvenor Avenue, Mayfield Road, Ferndale Road, Bridle Lane, Hundred Acre Road, Fordwater Road and Silverstone Drive to finish on Hundred Acre Road.
Aldridge – Parade starts at the Community Centre and reaches the cenotaph on The Green via Middlemore Lane, Leighswood Road and Little Aston Road. Following the service the parade returns to the Community Centre via the reverse route.
Willenhall – The parade will start from adjacent to the clock tower and travel to the Cenotaph via Market Place, Stafford Street and Field Street. Following the ceremony the parade will travel to the British Legion (Gilberts).
Short Heath – From the British Legion building the parade uses Church Road, Bloxwich Road North, Lane Head Bridge and High Road to reach the cenotaph at the junction of Sandbeds Road and Haley Street. The parade returns to Church Road via the reverse route.
Bloxwich – The ceremony this year will be contained within the grounds of All Saints Church.
Darlaston – The parade will travel from King Street to St Lawrence Churchvia New Street. Following the service it will reach the cenotaph via Church Street, Waverley Road, Slater Street.
Brownhills – From the Memorial Hall the routes reaches St James’ Church via School Avenue, Great Charles Street, Short Street and Church Road. Following the service the parade will return to the Memorial Hall via New Road, Vicarage Road, Vernon Avenue, Great Charles Street, School Avenue and Lichfield Road.
Martin Littler said ‘Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding the remembrance service at St James church this Sunday 8th Nov at 11.00am, the parade will start from Brownhills Memo at 10.30am, for the first time for many years will not be going up the High street, but using the side streets Great Charles street to the Cenotaph, this again cause through Police cut backs, all welcome to attend.’
John Currie from Brownhills Scouts confirms the assembly at the Memo will be around 10:20am.
Pelsall – A short parade will be held between the Community Centre and the cenotaph on Station Road.
Sue Hill wrote of the Pelsall event:
‘Pelsall’s Remembrance parade, whilst curtailed somewhat, is still taking place, The march will be from Railswood Drive to the cenotaph with muster at 10.30am. The service will commence at approx 10.45-10.50am. Everyone is welcome to come along. Representatives fro the Pelsall Branch of the Royal British Legion will be present, as well as church leaders and local councillors. At the end of the service, a collection will also be made towards the Poppy Appeal in recognition of the knitted poppies, now all in glorious place on the village clock.’
Portobello (Willenhall) – A short parade will take place starting from New Street (Wolverhampton) and finishing at the cenotaph after crossing Willenhall Road and Somerford Place.
Walsall Wood – The parade will take place along footways only between the Oak Park Leisure Centre car park and St John’s Church. Police will however be in attendance.
Lee Braginton of Walsall Wood Scouts wrote:
‘As previously mentioned on here, there is no formal parade this year in Walsall Wood, thanks to the Police cut backs. There will however be an informal parade taking place along the same route as normal on the A461 Lichfield Road, but on the pavement instead, along with the same service at St John’s Church.
‘We will meet at Oak Park at the usual time of around 2pm, to process down to St John’s church, where we will cross Coppice Road and congregate at the memorial outside for the act of remembrance then in to the church for a short service, following by a similar procession back to Oak Park.
‘Scouting members, boys and girls Brigades and the local councillors are confirmed as taking part.’
Moxley – No parade. Static ceremony at cenotaph on High Street.
Rushall – Claire Gibbs writes ‘Rushall. Meet at the memorial stone outside library at 10:45. Then over to Christ church ( the little tin church) for a short service.’
Brereton – Tim Jones wrote ‘Brereton’s Parade starts from Brereton Social FC at 9.05, the service is at 9.15 at St Michael’s, then there’s the parade to the War Memorial, the act of remembrance before and after the silence at 11.00 and a reception at Brereton Social. The Parades will be led by pipers.’
Cannock – Courtney Clews writes ‘Cannock Royal British Legion will form up at around 9.30am near the college in Stafford Road, before marching at 10.20am.
‘They will walk along Park Road, down through High Green before arriving at the cenotaph at 10.30, where a service of remembrance service and wreath laying ceremony will take place.’
Those attending are asked to meet up by the College at 10.20am. The parade leaves at 10.30am and makes it way to the Cenotaph where there will be a service and the laying of the wreaths. Afterwards the commemorations continue in St. Luke’s Church, Church Street. All are welcome. If you would like a wreath they are available from the Poppy Shop in the Inshops in Cannock between 10.30am and 3pm.
Chadsmoor – The service will begin at 10.45am at the memorial on the corner of Burns Street. At 11.00am the silence followed by a church service across the road at the Bethany Baptist Chapel in Arthur Street.
The ex-serviceman’s choir who sang at the opening of the memorial earlier this year will also be in attendance.
Hednesford – Please meet at St Peter’s Church, Church Hill at 9.45am. The parade will reach the War Memorial for 11am, where there will be a service and the laying of the wreaths. The parade then marches through the town and makes its way to The Soldier’s Club off Anglesey Street.
Heath Hayes & Wimblebury – At 9.30am the parade will assemble at Heath Hayes Constitutional Club, Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes and then walk to St. John’s Church. Followed by a 10am service before a silence, reading and laying of wreaths at Memorial Gates at 11am.
Rugeley – The day starts with a Service of Remembrance at St. Augustine’s Church, Station Road, with standards being asked to form up at 9am outside the church door. The service will finish at 10.20am and the will commence at 10.45am from Mansfield House to the War Memorial in the town centre for 11am. At 11.20am refreshments will be served in the Olive Bar on Bow Street. All are welcome, both to the service and to take part in the parade.
Chasetown – a parade will assemble at Burntwood Recreation Centre at 10.15am.
At 10.30am it will march off down the High Street for a service in Chasetown Memorial Gardens, starting at 10.45am.
A wreath laying and two minutes’ silence will be observed at 11am.
Afterwards, there will be a special morning service in St Anne’s Church, Chasetown.