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Services Of Remembrance To Honour War Dead

Published on: 7 Nov, 2017
Updated on: 9 Nov, 2017

Services to remember those who have died in conflict take place acrosss the borough of Guildford this weekend.

The poppy wreaths laid on the Guildford War Memorial.

The wreaths laid on the Guildford War Memorial.

On Saturday, November 11, the Mayor of Guildford, Nigel Manning, will join veterans, cadets and guests to mark Armistice Day. A two-minute silence will be led from the Guildhall balcony on the High Street. The mayor will be joined by the leader of Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, and managing director James Whiteman. A maroon will be fired from Guildford Castle to mark the beginning of the two-minute silence at 11am and to signal the end the period of quiet reflection.

The exhortation will be read before the two-minute silence by local veteran, Ian Chatfield, 5th Queen’s Royal Regiment OMA. A bugler from the Friary Guildford Band will then sound Last Post from the Guildhall balcony. A cadet from the Royal Grammar School’s Combined Cadet Force will read the Kohima Epitaph. Reveille will sound to mark the end of the ceremony.

Worplesdon Parish Council will be holding its Armistice Day service on Saturday, November 11, at the Lilly Bell II memorial at the junction of Clay Lane and Queenhythe Road, commencing at 10.45am.

There will be a remembrance service at 3pm on Saturday, November 11 at the Charlotteville War Memorial in front of Addison Court, Addison Road, to commemorate the Charlotteville men killed in both world wars. A particular focus will be on the three men who died 100 years ago in 1917 who lived in Cooper and Cline Roads.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Addison Court lounge where there will be a display with stories of the local community and the men who served in the wars. All welcome.

For further information on the Charlotteville War Memorial see website:

On Sunday, November 12, the Mayor of Guildford will attend the annual service of remembrance at Holy Trinity Church, High Street.

After the service, military groups will join the civic procession to the Castle Grounds at around 11.50am. A short wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the war memorial to remember the servicemen and women who lost their lives in recent and current conflicts, as well as those who lost their lives in two world wars.

Also on Sunday, November 12, councillors, uniformed and voluntary organisations will assemble at the Ash Centre car park by 10.15am to parade to the Ash War Memorial, at 10.30am.

The service of remembrance will be led by the local clergy accompanied by the North East Hampshire Area School Band. The parade will then return to the Ash Centre for dismissal by the parade marshal.

Tea and coffee will be served in the Ash Centre after the service and parade, everyone is welcome.

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