REMEMBRANCE COMMEMORATIONS IN BURGESS HILL
Saturday 11 November – Armistice Day
On Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November at 11am, Burgess Hill Town Council and the Royal British Legion Burgess Hill Branch will jointly commemorate the event. Town Councillors, Royal British Legion Colour Party, and Town Council Staff will march from the Help Point in Church Walk to the War Memorial commencing at 10.50 hours.
This will be followed by 2 minutes silence at 11.00 hours, after which there will be a short ceremony to remember all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.
It is also the 100-year anniversary of the installation of the war memorial, descendants of those named on the memorial are welcomed by the Royal British Legion to get in contact regarding wreath laying.
Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point will be hosting the People’s Wreath for members of the public to donate their poppy to the wreath. The wreath will be placed on the War Memorial on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November. If you would like to donate your poppy, please drop in to the Help Point at 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill from Wednesday 1 November. (The Help Point opening hours are displayed at the bottom of the page)
Sunday 12 November -Remembrance Day
The Annual Remembrance Day Parade and service will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday 12 November. The parade to the War Memorial will set off from 10.15am from the rear of Cyprus Road Car Park. After the wreath laying, there will be a Service of Remembrance in St John’s Church.
For 2023, we will be moving some barriers to allow for greater viewing of the war memorial garden and will be restricting the number of people within the war memorial garden for Sunday 12 November. This is to ensure the safety of the event as we have previously had first aid incidents that have been difficult for the event first aiders to see.
With this in mind we will be restricting entrance to the war memorial garden to:
• Standard bearers
• Wreath layers
• Ex-service personnel
• Royal British Legion Members
• Church representatives
There will be a dedicated first aid gazebo too to ensure the safety of the event.
We will also be extending the viewing area for the youth groups that are forming part of the parade to ensure that they can see the war memorial garden having paraded, but not participating as a standard bearer. We would request that those taller allow for the younger members of our community to see the service. We will also be dedicating the seating area to the left of the theatre club as a disabled area and this will be marshalled.
A map of these changes can be viewed here. Please do contact the Community Team if you have any questions regarding this on 01444 247726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents and businesses are invited to join both ceremonies at the War Memorial. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath, or take part in the parade, please contact Sarah Voce: email email@example.com, or telephone 01444 246655.
Service sheets can be downloaded by clicking the links below: