The Royal British Legion, Harwell Branch

Harwell Branch

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AND ARMISTICE DAY

ALBERT HALL FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE November 2016

Advance ticket information for members can be obtained from the Branch from June. From September a limited number of tickets may be available from the box office.  

REMEMBRANCE Sunday 12th November 2017

This is always the second Sunday in November. Legion Members and youth groups parade from Townsend to a service at the War Memorial in the High Street. The parade then moves off to a further Service in St Mathews Church. This is followed by a short ceremony at the War Graves in Harwell Cemetery.

2017 arrangements 

The arrangements will be posted here nearer the date.

ARMISTICE DAY Saturday 11th November 2017

On 11th November a short ceremony is held at the War Memorial in the High Street if the 11th falls on a weekday or Saturday. If it falls on a Sunday it is included with the Remembrance Sunday Service.

2017 Ceremony

The arrangements will be posted here nearer the date.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and ARMISTICE DAY 2016

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service 2016

The 2016 Parade and Service at the War Memorial were organised by the Royal British Legion Harwell Branch and St Matthew’s Church Harwell on behalf of Harwell Parish Council. Parish Councillors closed the roads and marshalled the traffic. It was followed by a Service at St Matthew’s Church.

The Parade marched from Townsend to the War Memorial in the High Street. The Parade included Harwell Parish Council, Royal British Legion Harwell Branch, Harwell Village RBL Club, 2410 (Didcot) Squadron Air Training Corps, 1st Harwell (St Matthew’s) Scouts and Girl Guiding Harwell, about 200 people in total and 13 Standards. An ATC cadet, two Harwell Scouts and a Guide formed a Guard of Honour at the War Memorial. Their arrival was accompanied by Bag Piper John McFarlane-Horgan who played a selection of pieces through the service. It was good to see all of the youth groups in attendance; all gave an excellent account of their organisations. All of the Wreath Layers and Standard Bearers performed their duties well especially the younger ones.

The Service at the War Memorial was attended by about 400 villagers. It was conducted by the Rector of St Matthew’s Church Harwell Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mobey.

The Last Post was sounded by Dr. Tony Hughes and the Two Minutes Silence observed. Wreaths were laid by Harwell Parish Council, Royal British Legion Harwell Branch, Harwell Village RBL Club, 2410 (Didcot) Squadron Air Training Corps, 1st Harwell (St Matthew’s) Scouts and Girl Guiding Harwell.

A collection was made for the Poppy Appeal which totalled £156.23.

The Parade marched to St Matthew’s Church. Standard Bearers from the parade formed a Guard of Honour at the entrance to the Church. The Church Service was run by Rev. Jonathan Mobey and Rev. Jan Radford and was attended by 236 people, with primary school-aged children attending a special session at the Church Hall.
Legion Members attended the Ceremony at the War Graves in Harwell Cemetery after the Service and laid a wreath in honour of the fallen at the Memorial there.

ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY 2016

About 40 people gathered for the Ceremony at the War Memorial on the preceding Friday including 23 pupils and 3 staff members from Harwell Primary School and a representative from Little Pippins Pre School. The Branch President led the Ceremony, the Last Post was sounded by Dr Tony Hughes and the Two Minutes Silence observed. The Branch Standard was dipped in honour of the fallen. Bag Piper John McFarlane-Horgan played a melody in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Thanks are due to all who attended or participated in the Commemorations, also to Harwell Gardeners Club for maintaining the gardens around the War Memorial and Harwell Parish Council and Harwell Gardeners Club for maintaining the surrounding area.

Photos

Photos of the 2016 Parade taken by Simon Haycox and Keith Beswick.

Photos of the 2015 Parade were taken by Simon Haycox, Other parade photographs by Kate Beswick and Didcot ATC can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2014 parade were taken by Simon HaycoxBob Girling, and Keith Beswick. Other parade photographs can be found on the Harwell RBL Branch Parades Facebook page.

Photos of the 2013 parade were taken by Simon HaycoxBob Girling, and Keith Beswick.

Photos of the 2012 parade were taken by Simon Haycox and Keith Beswick,

Photos from 2011:

Remembrance Sunday   Remembrance Sunday

See more Remembrance Photos. (Click on any image for an enlargement and slideshow.)

 

Page last updated 22 December 2016, with information from Peter Cox, Branch Secretary

Standards at Anniversary Parade 2008

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