Merton Council will be honouring the brave men and women of the Armed Forces through a series of remembrance services across the borough this coming weekend.
On Friday 11 November, Mayor of Merton Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender will be taking part in a service at the Civic Centre in Morden starting at 10.50am. The public service will be conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Roger Jones of the Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon.
In Mitcham, also at 10.50am, Merton’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Chris Edge will take part in a second service at the Clock Tower on Mitcham Fair Green.
On Sunday 13 November, there are remembrance services and events taking part across the borough which are all open to the public. These include a service at Nelson Hospital and the war memorials at both Mitcham and Wimbledon. All services are organised in conjunction with the local Royal British Legion branch, and at each there will be a wreath-laying ceremonies and a formal salute.
All Saints Primary School in Colliers Wood will be holding a special service at the school at 10.45am on Friday 11 November and welcome the local community. The school is thought to have sent more ex-pupils to fight in World War One than any other in England and holds a remembrance event each year to mark this. The majority of the 174 ex-pupils from the old Haydon’s Road School died during battle.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: ‘This day is significant as it serves as a faithful reminder of those who have lost their lives fighting for their country. We remember those fallen and also men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces at present. I hope residents across the borough will remember those at this time and support the 2011 Poppy Appeal for its hard work.’
For more information visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/remembrance.
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11 November 2011
10.50am Civic Centre, London Road, Morden
10.50am Clock Tower, Fair Green, Mitcham
13 November 2011
The Nelson Hospital
The service of remembrance will commence at 9.00 am. In attendance will be the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, members of the council, civic representatives and health groups. Members of the Morden and District branch of The Royal British Legion will be in attendance.
Mitcham War Memorial
The service of remembrance will take place at 10.40 am at the Mitcham War Memorial, at Lower Green West, Mitcham. In attendance will be the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, members of the council, civic representatives and members of local organisations. The parade will march off at 10.10 am from The Royal British Legion Club, St. Mark’s Road, Mitcham, to the Mitcham War Memorial. After the service The Deputy Lieutenant, The Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler JP, will take the salute with the Mayor of Merton Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender at Lower Green West and the parade will march back to St. Mark’s Road. Members of the Mitcham branch of The Royal British Legion will be in attendance.
Wimbledon War Memorial
The service of remembrance will commence at 10.40 am at the Wimbledon War Memorial, Wimbledon Village. In attendance will be The Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Chris Edge, members of the council, civic representatives and members of local organisations. After the service, the Deputy Mayor will take the salute in Wimbledon High Street. Members of the Wimbledon branch of The Royal British Legion will be in attendance.
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