Remembrance 2020 - Lockdown Changes to Events
Remembering those who served this country in conflict, and especially those who sacrificed their lives or endured suffering, is a key part of our beliefs.
Normally they are remembered in public events such as the Remembrance Sunday Church services, or at the village War Memorial. This year, following the Government's announcement of a second COVID lockdown, none of these gatherings are possible.
In their place, a special Church service has been recorded on video, including wreath laying at the War Memorial. This will be available over the internet from the Sunday morning, 8th November. You will be able to find it on the Brockenhurst CofE Churches website at link to www.brockenhurstchurch.com
The War Memorial garden gate is open. If local people want to make private visits bearing in mind the current social distancing rules, they are welcome. A supply of wooden crosses will be left by the gate on Sunday 8th November and also on Wednesday 11th November should villagers wish to leave a commemorative item. There will not be a collection.
"Though we should all stay safe, it is important the sacrifice is remembered this year and always" says Captain Mike Matthews, Chair of the Brockenhurst Branch of the Royal British Legion. "We encourage private moments of remembrance and reflection, and the video recording of the service can be a focus for a collective event, with others also engaging in the same act of viewing and remembering".
"This second lockdown has meant we've again had to change the way we approach things", says Pete Wales, Chairman of the Parish Council. "It affects Remembrance events and this will be a difficult period for many people. Our village has a strong heart. Please, if you are suffering and would like support, talk to your friends and neighbours, or the many local organisations which can help - be it the Church, the British Legion, Brockcare, local food banks and others. Together we will get through this. In the meantime, my very best wishes to you and all the individuals and organisations which serve our community".
Captain Mike Matthews - Brockenhurst Branch, Royal British Legion
Councillor Pete Wales - Brockenhurst Parish Council