No formal service is able to take place at Penge’s war memorials this Sunday.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday will unfortunately be different to usual, due to the COVID19 pandemic and government restrictions which went into force today. Bromley Council normally supports the parade by our war memorial in the High Street by processing the necessary road closure orders, and providing Police marshalling resources.

We already knew that the road closure and parade could not take place this year, but over the past couple of days they have also confirmed that no formal services should be taking place at 11am on Sunday.

This will be the first year in a very long time that our local cadet forces will not be able to parade and we know they and residents will be very disappointed this cannot go ahead, but we hope everyone will understand why a parade and a service at the memorial is not possible this year.

Local churches St John and Holy Trinity are holding online services this Sunday, which will include the two minutes’ silence and other elements of Remembrance services, both start at 10:30 and the details to join them are:

St John’s Penge, Remembrance Sunday

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85948334114?pwd=MGJObmRNbkYzQllTL0M5K2FXdXNDZz09

Meeting ID: 859 4833 4114
Passcode: 252043

Holy Trinity Penge Remembrance Sunday

You can watch this service live using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86906720790

Or iPhone one-tap :

United Kingdom: +441314601196,,86906720790# or +442030512874,,86906720790#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196 or +44 203 051 2874 or +44 203 481 5237 or +44

203 481 5240 or +44 203 901 7895

Webinar ID: 869 0672 0790

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbsPliVJaC

You will be able to watch a recording of the service by visiting the church

website: https://holytrinityse20.co.uk/.

As your Councillors we believe it is important that wreath laying and other acts of Remembrance continue, so we encourage residents to observe Remembrance Sunday by joining these or other services if they would like, or to observe Remembrance day at home in other ways. Please remember to ensure to social distance and comply with the rules if you do choose to informally visit the war memorial at some point on Sunday.

Every November, we are proud to represent the Mayor of Bromley at Remembrance Sunday services in Penge in honour of and to remember the service of members of our armed forces, who fought and died in the line of duty, but as this is not possible this year, we will be informally laying wreaths at the war memorials in our ward (while complying with the Government rules) at some point during Remembrance Sunday.

For the past three years Cllr Kathy Bance, with local groups including Penge Partners and Penge Poppies, have coordinated putting up and maintaining knitted poppies on the railings around the war memorial on the High Street, we are grateful to all local residents who helped with knitting Poppies for this year, and also to Taylor and Abel, one of our local businesses, for creating ‘Poppy packs’ for knitters this year. Residents are welcome to add their own knitted Poppies and if you would like to knit some please get in touch- spares are needed to replace faded ones throughout the year!

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