Remembrance in Royal Wootton Bassett
With Covid-19 pandemic gripping the country at present, remembrance services will be held in a different way in the town this year.
On Remembrance Sunday, November 8th the usual parade will not be taking place. Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion would ask as a mark of respect, people who normally attend to stay home. Instead, a pre-recorded church service for remembrance will be made available to view on St Bartholomew’s & All Saints Church ‘You Tube’ account, and on the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council’s website and Facebook page on this day, Sunday 8th November. PLEASE SEE VIDEO BELOW.
On Wednesday 11th November, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and RBL Royal Wootton Bassett will conduct a short wreath laying ceremony, observing the rule of six, on the behalf of the town at the war memorial on the High Street, after a two minute silence at 11am. Residents are encouraged to mark their respect by standing at their doorstep for two minutes silence at 11am.
Representatives from Royal Wootton Bassett groups and organisations are invited to lay a wreath after the ceremony on Wednesday 11th November, in accordance with Government guidelines.
Residents who wish to spectate on Wednesday 11th November can only do so with their own household or with those in their support bubble, or individually with one other person from outside their household. Social distancing should be observed at all times. We would ask anyone who is symptomatic, or in isolation as close contacts of a case, or who has been advised to do so by NHS Test & Trace and those quarantining NOT to attend, in compliance with the latest guidance from the UK Government.
A short service of Remembrance filmed in St Bartholomew and All Saints Church in the week preceding second lockdown.
It brings together representatives from the congregation, the Town Council, the Royal British Legion and MOD Lyneham, and focuses around the reading of the names of the Royal Wootton Bassett fallen in World Wars I and II.
The service is led by the Vicar, the Revd Canon Jane Curtis.
The National Anthem is played by our organist David Parks and is reproduced under Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) Licence no. 1260996 including Streaming Licence for digital sharing of songs performed by our own church musicians.