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               10 November 2020 • Forest Row Local
1945 – 75th Anniversary V.E. / V.J.Day 1940 – 80th Anniversary Blitz / Battle of Britain
 This year we have commemorated the 75th Anniversary of V.E. and V.J. Day as we remembered the end of the 2nd World War.
Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the events planned were curtailed, although the BBC provided us with the opportunity to see various events from London and the National Memorial Aboretum in Staffordshire.
This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the 8th November, with Armistice Day on Wednesday 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 22nd 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, two have already been held but our final one is on 7th November. If you are able to help with this, I am sure Carolyn Aitken on 01342 823611 or Susie Kemp on 01342 822784 will be pleased to hear from you.
As part of the ‘Poppy Appeal’, we had hoped there would be a Recital in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 31st October, but unfortunately this has been cancelled. We look forward to hopefully bringing this back next year.
Also, on Saturday 7h November, ‘Poppy Day’, we had hoped to hold our annual R.B.L. Coffee morning in the Peter Griffits Hall, But again we are having to cancel this due to the present situation.
Remembrance Sunday falls on the 8th November. Our service this year will take a different format due to the numbers that attend and allowing for social distancing. This will take place at 10.45am. Depending on the weather, it will be held either on the Green,
or opposite on the Community Centre Car Park. The service will be fairly short and will include the blessing of the wreaths, reading of the War Memorial names and the traditional silence. The service will end with the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial where people may observe if they so wish. We encourage everyone to attend, especially as we remember all those who have died in conflict and also giving us
time to reflect on all those who have lost their lives in recent months due to the pandemic.
The R.B.L. is always looking for new members. You don’t have to be ex-service, just be prepared to support our servicemen and their families and all the Royal British Legion does to help them, in so many different ways. If you are interested, please contact our Membership Secretary Jane Wogan on 01342 825382
Simon Morris – Chairman Forest Row R.B.L.
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