Details of 2021 local Remembrance events – live list

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Remembrance Sunday 2011 Aldridge Remembrance Sunday 2011 Aldridge, by Andrew Watson, posted in his Flickr photo stream.

As usual in a normal year, I will try and share with readers a list of Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 14th November 2021 – this list will be updated with more info as I get it.

I’m after details of events not mentioned, or corrections on anything I have wrong – no matter how late. Comment here, message me on social media 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 Sunday, so the information is to hand. Just click the ‘more’ link in grey below if necessary for the full details.

Please note: this is a live list – 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, nearly all outside the auspices of the local authority, so getting comprehensive information is no small task.

This may not be complete, and details are supplied in good faith. Neither I, 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 14th November 2021, unless otherwise stated –  Walsall Wood parade will be Sunday afternoon as always.

Your understanding is appreciated.

      • Brownhills:
        Memorial Hall – A parade will start to assemble at 10:00am and depart at 10:30am. It will start  at Brownhills Memorial just after 10:25am and it will take the route Lichfield Road into Great Charles Street, Short Street and Church Road, for the Service of Remembrance at St James church Cenotaph Brownhills 11:00 am, after there will be a service in St James Church.
        After the service at approx 12:20-12-30pm the parade will return to the Memorial Hall via Church Road, New Road, Vicarage Road, B5011 Ogley Road and B4155 Lichfield Road.The organisers say:Roads for closure during the Remembrance Parade on Sunday 14th November will be as follows:
        Lichfield Road. Great Charles Street, Short Street into Church Road, Bricklin Street to St. James on Church Road.
        Streets that may also be affected during this time are:-
        Hay Grove, School Avenue, Claverdon Close, Poplar Avenue, Furst Street, Vicarage Close, Mill Road, First Avenue, Barnetts Lane, Narrow Lane and Seeds Lane.
        These will commence around 9.30am and some emergency movement will be allowed by traffic up to when the Parade leaves the Memorial Hall between 10.25 and 10.35 latest.
        HOWEVER, ONCE THE PARADE TO THE CHURCH HAS BEGUN NO VEHICULAR MOVEMENT WILL BE ALLOWEDThe return Parade will be the same. The Parade is expected to leave the church after the service between 12.20pm and 12.30pm to return to the Memorial Hall
        Roads for closure will be as follows:-
        From St James on Church Road to Vicarage Road, Ogle Road to Lichfield Road Memorial Hall
        Streets that may also be affected during this time are:-
        Hay Grove, School Avenue, Claverdon Close, Poplar Avenue, Furst Street, Vicarage Close, Mill Road, First Avenue, Barnetts Lane, Narrow Lane and Seeds Lane.
        Traffic, in liaison with RSBPT, will have control over any vehicular movement in between the two halves of the Parade as usual.
        We ask for your co-operation during these times to ensure the marchers are kept safe by keeping as many vehicles off the above shown roads that are in italic and underlined.
        Thank you for helping us keep the Remembrance Parade safe for all concerned.
      • Walsall Wood:
        The format will be somewhat different this year as the service will be held solely outside from approx. 2.30pm. There will be a parade prior to, and following the service and thanks are extended to the members of the Staffordshire Band who have agreed to lead it.
        1.45 – 2.00pm Parade assembles on the former Oak Park Leisure Centre car park behind KFC2:00pm A461 is closed from Streets Corner to High Street/St John’s Close
        2:15pm Parade departs on A461 south to St John’s church Service of remembrance around the cenotaph, including wreath laying, followed by service at the church

        Unfortunately, the BB/GB band has ceased to exist, so a very big ‘thank you’ to all the Brigade members who have undertaken this prestigious honour for so many years.
      • Pelsall:
        From the Preservation of Pelsall Remembrance Service on Facebook:
        Sunday 14 November, 1050hrs prompt, our annual Remembrance Sunday service will take place at Pelsall Cenotaph.

        Unfortunately we are unable to host the usual parade prior to the service and ask that people who join together in the village for the service continue to consider social distancing and the use of face coverings when in large crowds.
        A digital download of service sheets will be available in the coming days, we encourage you where possible to downloaded onto devices to reduce the amount of printable material, we will of course have service sheets available for those who are unable to download.
      • Rushall:
        Rushall. Usually meet at the remembrance stone outside the library at 10:50, short service and silence will be held there.
      • Aldridge:
        Aldridge Remembrance Parade will start as in previous years from Aldridge Community Centre with groups assembling from 10.00 ready for the Parade to leave at 10.30.
        The Parade will arrive at the War Memorial for 10.45 for the traditional service.

        Social distancing should be observed and additional PA system is being used to cover a wider area. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available from both the Church and on the corner of the High Street from Aldridge Social Club.
        Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions the Community Centre are unable to provide refreshments this year but the Parade will return to the Centre after the Service as in previous years.
        Road closures will be in place for the duration of the Parade and signage on affected roads is already in place.
        – Thanks to Russell Smith for info.
      • Chase Terrace:
        Heading from Ironstone Road to St John’s Community Church at 10am, travelling along Cannock Road, Water Street, Cross, Street, Rugeley Road and High Street. Thanks to Lichfield Live for this one.
      • Norton Canes:
        Remembrance Day events at 11am in Norton Canes traditionally take place in St James’s Church where Norton Canes’s War Memorial is located. Another service also takes place at Norton Canes Methodist Church on Poplar Street in the evening at 6pm.
        The War Memorial at St James’s takes the form of the stained glass window which features a wreath, the Staffordshire Knot, Poppies and a scene of Miners marching out of the colliery towards the battlefield dressed as soldiers – underneath is a book listing all of the Fallen from Norton in he First World War. The Window was paid for by public subscription in 1929 and is one of the more community focussed War Memorials that I know of.
        I don’t think the Window is a unique war memorial, but I do think it is a rather rare example of a stained glass window being used in such a way.
        St James’s have advised that this year the service cannot take place inside the Church because of expected numbers, and so will take place on the outside of the Church underneath the war memorial.
        The ceremony will start at 10,50am, beginning with a march from the Rectory comprising of uniformed groups, including Norton Canes Scouts and the Girl Guides. Anyone wishing to take part in the event is advised to arrive for 10.40am.
        Norton Canes Methodist Church is home to a plaque that also list Norton Canes’s War Dead of World War 1 located at the back of the chapel, next to the colourful window and where the wreaths are traditionally laid.
        It would be advised that anyone wishing to attend the events should consider bringing a face mask with them.
        – Thank you Councillor John Preece
      • Burntwood/Chasetown:
        To leave Burntwood Leisure Centre at 10.15am, before laying wreaths at the cenotaph at 10.45am. It will then head to St Anne’s Church for a service of Remembrance at 11.30am.
        Wreaths will also be laid at Burntwood Memorial Institute at 10.30am before a two minute silence at 11am.
        Thanks to Lichfield Live for this one.
      • Walsall:
        Full programme available here.
        The Walsall Town Centre parade will start outside the Council House at 10.05am with the service to commence at the cenotaph at 10.40am. During the service a two-minute silence will be observed at 11am to honour the service and sacrifice of our armed forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the allies that fought alongside us and civilian servicemen and women.
      • Willenhall:
        Assume as previous years:
        9.30am: Muster for parade starting from by the clock tower and travelling to the Cenotaph via Market Place, Stafford Street and Field Street
      • Darlaston:
        Assume as previous years:
        9.30am: Muster for parade from King Street to St Lawrence Church via Victoria Avenue and New Street
      • Short Heath:
        Assume as previous years:
        9.30am: Muster for parade from the British Legion building down Church Road, Bloxwich Road North, A462 Lane Head Bridge and A462 High Road to the cenotaph
      • Streetly:
        Assume as previous years:
        9.30am: Muster for parade from the community centre to Streetly Methodist Church for a Remembrance Service
      • Bloxwich:
        Assume as previous years:
        9:30am: Muster for parade in Bloxwich Memorial Club in Harrison Street to the cenotaph on A34 High Street
      • Cannock:
        Assume as previous years:
        10:30am: Parade starts from South Staffordshire College to the Cenotaph for a 10:45am service
      • Chadsmoor:
        Assume as previous years:
        10:00am: Service at the Bethany Chapel before a ceremony at the War Memorial
      • Hednesford:
        Assume as previous years:
        9:45am: Service at St Peter’s Church, followed by a parade at 10.40am to the War Memorial
      • Brereton:
        Assume as previous years:
        9:00am: Parade leaves Brereton Social Club for a 9.15am service St Michael’s Church, followed by a parade at 10.40am to Brereton Cenotaph

We will Remember them.

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