Comet country remembers
WITH services taking place this week to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, The Comet has put together a comprehensive round-up of all the events in our area.
Armistice Day, November 11
Baldock: An informal gathering of veterans and members of the Royal British Legion at the town’s cenotaph at 11am where there will be a two-minute silence.
Letchworth GC: An informal gathering of veterans and members of the Royal British Legion at the town’s cenotaph at 11am where there will be a two-minute silence. There will also be a two-minute silence in Morrison’s supermarket at 11am in Broadway.
Stevenage: The Royal British Legion and councillors observe a two-minute silence at 11am in the Town Square. The service starts at 10.50am.
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Remembrance Sunday, November 14
Arlesey: The parade starts at 2.30pm in Lymans Road and the service is at 3pm at the war memorial in the High Street led by Rev Susan Edwards.
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The town’s mayor, Hugh Harper, will be attending along with members of the town council.
Ashwell: A short service of about 10-15 minutes will start at 2.30pm at the war memorial on the corner of Lucas Lane and Station Road. After the service there will be a march to the URC church, High Street, just past Kingsland Way.
Baldock: At 10.45am there will be an act of remembrance for the town at the war memorial followed by the Remembrance Day Ecumenical Service at St Mary’s at 11.30am to which everyone is warmly invited.
Codicote: Procession commences at 10am from the Memorial Hall in Codicote High Street and travels to St. Giles Church in Bury Lane. The service is entirely off road and there is no return procession.
Henlow: Wreaths will be laid at the memorial and at 10.45am a short ceremony and two minute silence will follow. This will be followed by a procession to St Mary’s Church for a service. Both events are open to everyone.
Hitchin: Assemble in Grammar School Walk at 2pm for parade, 2.30pm service of remembrance at St Mary’s Church led by Rev Charmaine Sabey-Corkindale followed at 3.15pm by the act of remembrance at the war memorial in the churchyard.
Kimpton: Meet at the memorial hall for 10am to depart 20 minutes later. The procession stops at the war memorial for laying of wreaths before arriving at the church at 10.45am. There is no return March.
Knebworth: A parade and service will be held at the War Memorial in Old Knebworth at 12.30pm.
Letchworth GC: The remembrance service starts at the town’s war memorial at 10.30am in Broadway Gardens. This will be followed by a march down Leys Avenue to Letchworth Free Church where the interdenominational service will be led by Rev Tony Ruffel, chaplain to RAF Henlow and president of the Royal British Legion (North Herts).
Offley: The memorial service will be held in St Mary Magdalene Church.
Shefford: The parade forms in Old Bridge Way at 10.40am and then marches towards the town’s war memorial in The High Street. The service at the war memorial starts at 10.45am and all are welcome. Once the service is finished the marchers will then make their way back towards Old Bridge Way.
St Paul’s Walden/Whitwell: Remembrance day parade to the war memorial in Whitwell High Street followed by a service at the memorial at 3pm.
Stotfold: Marchers meet at 2.30pm at Stotfold Cemetery, in Mill Lane, for the ceremony which starts at 2.45pm at the war memorial. War Veterans and other groups will then march up Queen Street, along the High Street into Church Road where there will be a service at St Mary’s Church at 3.30pm.
Stevenage: The parade will move from Primett Road car park behind Waitrose at 10.25am to the war memorial on Bowling Green. The service will start at 10.35am, with the laying of wreaths following the service at 11.05am. The following roads will be closed from 8.30am to 12.30pm for the parade: High Street southbound between Lytton Way/North Road junction and northside of the High Street/Albert Street junction, Hitchin Road from Martins Way roundabout to Lytton Way, Walkern Road Church Lane to High Street and Draper’s Way.