60th Anniversary end of National Service / 75th Anniversary arrival Empire Windrush

This year, as we remember these significant anniversaries, as I write we are approaching the 1st anniversary of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II, and the succession of King Charles III. In May we all celebrated the Coronation with many festivities including street parties. For many this was a historic occasion, which they had never seen before, as well as for the older generation they could reflect back, where they were back in June 1953, seventy years before. 

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the 12th November, with Armistice Day on Saturday 11th.

Although the work of the Royal British Legion continues through the year supporting our armed services, late October, early November is probably our busiest time with the main ‘Poppy Appeal’ starting around the 27th October. This year in Forest Row, as last year we have decided not to do a house-to-house collection. Instead, as always, poppies, crosses etc. will be available in some shops and other outlets and there will be three collections in the village on Saturdays 28th October, 4th and 11th November. If you are able to help with this, I am sure Carolyn Aitken on 01342 823 611 or Susie Kemp on 01342 822 784, will be pleased to hear from you.

As part of the ‘Poppy Appeal’, there will be a Recital in Holy Trinity Church, raising money jointly for the Church and Poppy Appeal, on Saturday 4th November at 2pm. I am very pleased that Harpist, Margaret Watson will be joining me to perform. We look forward to seeing you, for which I am sure will be an enjoyable performance.

On Saturday 11th November, ‘Poppy Day’, we will be holding our annual R.B.L. Coffee morning in the Peter Griffits Hall from 10am-12noon. Please come and have a coffee, buy some cakes and enjoy a chat with friends, while supporting the Poppy Appeal. At 11am we will be congregating at the War Memorial for a short service of Remembrance, which all are welcome to attend.

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 12th November. As in years gone by, we will begin at the War Memorial with the wreath laying at 10.30am, followed by the service in Holy Trinity Church. We look forward to seeing everyone again this year. 

Simon Morris – Chairman Forest Row R.B.L.