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Remembrance Sunday 8th Nov & Armstice Day 11th Nov 2015

Author: Epping Forest District Council Published: 5th November 2015 18:23
The Poppy Appeal
District prepares to remember

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Two Minute Silence will be observed on Armistice Day - 11th November 2014 at 11.00am

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae's poem, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. And so the tradition began and people continue to wear their poppy with pride.

Since 1921 The Royal British Legion's mission has been to help those members of the serving and ex-serving community who needed it. Eighty-seven years on and the Legion continue to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. The Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds to maintain the Legions many welfare and benevolent schemes in which over 300,000 people are helped each year.

There will be a Two Minute Silence observed on both Remembrance Sunday 8th November and Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 11.00am.

How the Poppy Appeal Began

Some of the bloodiest fighting of World War One took place in the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France. The poppy was the only thing which grew in the aftermath of the complete devastation. McCrae, a doctor serving there with the Canadian Armed Forces, deeply inspired and moved by what he saw, wrote these verses:

In Flanders' Fields
John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row
on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely
singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw
sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands
we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us
who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.

Remembrance Day Services

Councillors will be joining local residents and veterans attending remembrance services across the Epping Forest District on Sunday 8th November 2015 to remember the fallen from the 2 world wars and subsequent conflicts.

Please find below the details of Remembrance Services being held on Sunday 8th November 2015:

Waltham Abbey

9.00am - Service at St Thomas Church, Upshire  

10.00am - Waltham Abbey War Memorial, Farm Hill Road, Waltham Abbey

10.45am - Service at the Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey


2.00pm - Wreath laying ceremony at war memorial

3.00pm - Service of Remembrance at St John's Church, Epping


10.00am  - St Mary & All Saints Church, Lambourne

Buckhurst Hill

10:30am - St John's Church, Buckhurst Hill / church service and wreath laying


10:40am - St Mary's Church, Chigwell / church service and wreath laying

High Ongar

10.30am - High Ongar Primary School opposite St Mary's Church  / 11:15am wreath laying


11:45am - Kings Green, Loughton / wreath laying from Loughton Royal British Legion Club

1.00pm - Salute on Brooklyn Parade, Loughton


10:45am - All Saints Church, Nazeing

North Weald

10:45am - St Andrew's Church, North Weald / service and wreath laying

12 noon - North Weald Airfield memorial service and wreath laying


2:30pm - Ongar Act of Remembrance, War Memorial Health Centre, Fyfield Road


10:30am - St Peter's Church, Roydon

Theydon Bois

10:30am - St Mary's Church, Theydon Bois / service and wreath laying

* = Please note the annual Remembrance Day Parade in Epping has been cancelled on safety reasons due to police being unable to provide the man power and road closure needed for the event.  

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is held on the second Sunday in November, usually the Sunday nearest to 11th. The First World War officially ended on the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month in 1918.

Each year millions of people stop what they are doing and observe a 2 Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November in the memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts.

Since 1921 The Royal British Legion's mission has been to help those members of the services and ex-servicemen and women who needed it. Nearly 90 years on and the Legion continues to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces.

Last year's Poppy Appeal currently stands at just over £39 million which is an increase of over £1 million on the 2013 total. The Legions welfare service this year has seen over £1.7 million a week spent on a variety of services. From helping a young widow through an inquest to ensuring that an older veteran can stay independent in his own home.

In this the Centenary year of World War One we are ever mindful of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and the demands on the Legions services are as important now as they were then. 

The Legion is once again undertaking a ‘Poppy People' campaign to attract new Poppy Appeal volunteers. Anyone over 16 years of age can help, they only need to do is email volunteersupport@britishlegion.org.uk  This would be the positive way of saying ‘thank you'.

We in Epping Forest District and the country as a whole owe much to the bravery and dedication of our armed forces, those who are currently serving and those who have gone before. Supporting this year's Poppy Appeal is a small way of showing your appreciation, so please wear your poppy with pride!


For more information, please visit The Poppy Appeal website: http://www.poppy.org.uk/ supporting The Royal British Legion

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Jeff & Kate Towerzey
At 18:37 on 5th November 2015, Jeff & Kate Towerzey responded:
STOP PRESS: An unofficial walk has been arranged by former Epping Mayor Ben Murphy after public outcry at the annual parade event being cancelled. People who wish to join in should meet outside Epping Fire Station on Sunday at 1.15pm and join the walk down the high street to the wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial at 2pm.

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