Those who read my article last month will know that the Royal British Legion and indeed the whole world is having to adapt a lot this year so here is an outline of the changes we have had to make to our Remembrance activities.
The Remembrance Sunday service normally attracts a “full house” but involves a variety of actions that do not pass the “social distancing” test. Services at both North Mundham and Hunston will be held but those wishing to attend will have to reserve their places in the same way as they do for other services For North Mundham, call Lynn Mears on 01243 537190 and for Hunston call Joan Duberley on 01243 78780 . The services will start at 1050 on Sunday 8th and a 2 minute silence observed at 1100. The names of those who fell will be read out and wreaths laid at the War Memorials immediately following the service. If you have a place booked please remember to wear a mask. At North Mundham, there is a one way system in the church and I regret that due to social distancing, the congregation there will not be able to gather around the memorial for the wreath laying. The Royal British Legion hopes to see as many of you there as space allows.
As for the Poppy Appeal, I am sure a question many of you are asking is, where can I get my Poppy this year? I am afraid there will be no door to door collections nationwide this year but the following businesses have kindly agreed to have a tin at their checkouts: Runcton Farm Shop, Manor Nursery, the Walnut Tree, Hunston stores, North Mundham School and Brick Kiln Nursery. There will also be a tin at St Stephens. All these will be in place by Friday 23rd October but will only be able to take cash. Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, ALDI and Morrisons have all agreed to support the appeal and some will have card readers to enable donations to be “cashless”. Alternatively, you can go online to www.britishlegion.org.uk and scroll down to the banners entitled “How to Help” which includes how you can order 20 poppies free then distribute them to friends and family and ask them for a donation to the Legion. This can also be done online.
In case you hadn’t heard, I am afraid the Poppy Lunch is also a COVID casualty.
If you have any questions about the above or have any good ideas we can implement this year to raise funds then please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call on 01243 778191.
With your help we can continue to ensure that our Armed Forces community receives the support they need and deserve.
Chairman, Mundham and District Branch
Royal British Legion