Remembrance Day 2021 services in Lymington, New Milton, Christchurch, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu, Lyndhurst, Barton, Ringwood, Fordingbridge Bransgore, Thorney Hill, Burley, Sopley, Totton, Hinton, Hythe and Dibden, Milford, Keyhaven and Everton
TOWNS and villages across the New Forest and Christchurch will join the nation in commemorating the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, 14th November.
The parade will assemble at 9am at the town hall car park before marching at 9.25am to St Thomas's Church, where a service will begin at 10am. At 10.45 attendees will move to the war memorial outside for the two-minute silence and laying of wreaths. Members of the Royal British Legion will then march with the town mayor, Cllr James Hoare, to the town hall to take the salute.
From 10.30am wreath bearers and community organisations will parade from Crossmead Avenue car park to gather around the memorial. A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.
People will assemble from 10.20am at the war memorial for a combined service and act of remembrance at 10.30am. After the two-minute silence at 11am, wreaths will be laid and crosses planted by youth groups in the memorial garden. “The aim is also to achieve maximum attendance just in case there are still restrictions on numbers in the church,” said Captain Mike Matthews, chair of the Brockenhurst Royal British Legion (RBL) branch.
There will be a service at the Abbey Church at 10am, followed by the act of Remembrance at the war memorial.
The day’s commemoration will start with a service at 10.45am at St Michael and All Angels Church before the parade forms up outside to march down the high street at about midday to the war memorial at Bolton’s Bench. Joining the procession will be soldiers from the Marchwood-based 17 Port and Maritime Regiment and members of the Royal Corps of Signals from Bulford, Salisbury. VIPs laying wreaths will include Hampshire Deputy Lieutenant Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, New Forest District Council chair Cllr Derek Tipp, Lyndhurst Parish Council chair Chris Willsher, and national park authority chief executive Alison Barnes.There will be a flypast by an RAF Chinook helicopter at about 12.30pm before the ceremony ends at around 12.35pm.
There will be an act of remembrance by the Indian Memorial in Marine Drive which was erected in 1917 in honour of the troops who recuperated in the village during the First World War. Gathering at the obelisk will be representatives of New Milton Town Council, Milton Heritage Society, Barton Bees WI, Dorset Indian Association and Hampshire Sikh Association. They will join Goff Beck, vice-chair of the New Milton RBL, with the Rev. Andrew Bailey leading a short service and wreath-laying ceremony.
Those wishing to take part in the parade at the Remembrance Sunday service should assemble outside the RBL branch on Bargates at 9.45am, departing for the Priory at 10am. After wreath-laying and the service, the parade will march back to the branch, where hot drinks will be served.
In Ringwood there will be various services around the town after which a parade will gather in Market Place from 11.30am and walk to the war memorial garden where there will be a short service followed by the formal act of remembrance at midday. That will be followed by a formal wreath-laying and a procession back to Market Place.
There are services at 10.50am in Breamore, Fordingbridge (outside), Hale and Hyde churches, and a parade from the memorial gates at the recreation ground in Fordingbridge starting at 10am, and arriving at the church in time for the Service
Bransgore, Thorney Hill, Sopley and Hinton
In Bransgore, services start at 9.30am at the war graves, followed by a 10am service at St Mary’s. The walk to the village war memorial starts at 10.40am, with the service and wreath-laying at 10.50am and two-minute silence at 11am. Thorney Hill’s service starts at 9am at the war memorial in the churchyard; Burley’s begins at 10.45am at the war memorial and then moves to the church; the Sopley service begins at 10.50am in the church; and Hinton’s 10.55am service starts at the war memorial on the A35, then moves into the church.
A parade made up of veterans, town councillors, representatives from local organisations, schools and Scout and Guide groups will meet in Beaumont Road at 9.30am, ready to march to the war memorial off Salisbury Road at 10am. A service and wreath-laying will take place at the memorial at 10.35am before a two-minute silence at 11am.
Hythe and Dibden
There will be two church services in Hythe for remembrance. At St John’s Church, where it is requested masks are worn, a service will commence at 10.30am. The congregation will then move to the memorial at Prospect Place for a short act of remembrance. There will also be a service at Dibden Church starting at 10.45am and then finishing by laying of poppy wreaths at the lychgate. A small party will then attend a short service at Hythe Memorial Hospital where poppy wreaths will also be laid at approximately midday.
Milford, Keyhaven and Everton
Services in Milford, Keyhaven and Everton will go ahead this year with restricted numbers inside the church. At 2pm at Keyhaven memorial, there will be a short service of remembrance attended by representatives from New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, youth organisations and military groups. Later in the afternoon the service will take place at All Saints’ Church at 3pm with restricted numbers, so people are encouraged to attend the outside event at Keyhaven where possible. At Everton there will be wreath-laying during the morning service at St Mary’s Church in Everton beginning at 10.50am.