The annual Remembrance Service at the Commonwealth War Graves will unfortunately be a restricted event this year due to the rules around public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The service will take place at the War Graves on Sunday 8th November but will be restricted to just 30 invited guests. The whole cemetery will be closed with gates locked between 10am and 12:30pm on the day. With such small numbers permitted the focus is on inviting representatives of the fallen military and children from local schools, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts.
We realise that for the many hundreds of local people and visitors to this event each year this will be disappointing news. We are determined to mark the event and to try to make it available in other ways. The service can be followed on Radio Cherwell as in previous years and we plan to film and live stream the service online, check back here for details from 1st November.
The 11th November this year falls on a Wednesday. As in past years a 2 minute’s silence will be observed and a bugler will play the Last Post in the centre of Botley. We are pleased that this year we can return to the West Way shopping centre for this event. Social distancing will be observed, please follow instructions if you are able to attend on the day.