Fleet Remembers 2020

by For Fleet's Sake
 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2020 – A DAY WITH A DIFFERENCE

It may not have been the day many of us are used to seeing but with the updated plans in place for Remembrance Sunday in lock down II, Fleet and Crookham commemorated the day with their usual style.

Here, we take a look back on how you remembered the day and share with you some of the imaginative and heartfelt ways that Fleet and Crookham spent Remembrance Sunday in 2020.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – FLEET & CROOKHAM

“Remembrance Sunday in Fleet was marked by a wreath-laying service at The War Memorial in Gurkha Square.

The Last Post was played to mark the start of the two-minute silence before wreaths are laid.

Wreaths were laid by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire – The Earl of Malmesbury, the Chairman of Hart District Council – Councillor John Kennett, the Chairman of Fleet Town Council – Councillor Bob Schofield, the Chair of Elvetham Heath Parish Council – Councillor Marilyn Robson, and Air Commodore Bill Tyack CBE – Chairman of the Fleet, Crookham & District Branch of The Royal British Legion. The Branch Standard was also on display at the memorial.

Our thanks to Hart DC and Fleet Lions for their assistance.

We very much look forward to a return to ‘normal’ in 2021.”

Tim Burt
Secretary, Fleet, Crookham & District Branch
The Royal British Legion

Photos: Royal British Legion Fleet, Crookham & District Branch.

Left to Right: Air Commodore Bill Tyack CBE – Chairman of the Fleet, Crookham & District Branch of The Royal British Legion. Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire – The Earl of Malmesbury, the Chairman of Hart District Council – Councillor John Kennett, the Chairman of Fleet Town Council – Councillor Bob Schofield, the Chair of Elvetham Heath Parish Council – Councillor Marilyn Robson.

Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire – The Earl of Malmesbury.

Chairman of Hart District Council – Councillor John Kennett.

Chairman of Fleet Town Council – Councillor Bob Schofield.

Chair of Elvetham Heath Parish Council – Councillor Marilyn Robson.

Air Commodore Bill Tyack CBE – Chairman of the Fleet, Crookham & District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

Two Minute silence begins…

Remembrance Sunday 2020 – The War Memorial, Gurkha Square, Fleet with wreaths, crosses and the Branch Standard.

LIVE STREAMED SERVICE

Sadly the promised live stream of the Remembrance Services in Gurkha Square didn’t quite go to plan today but Hart finally managed to post the video earlier this afternoon. It isn’t clear what the reason for the delay was, as Hart have made no mention of it, which left many who couldn’t attend the event this year very disappointed. The video, like all on the Hart page, will be deleted within 24 hour but don’t worry, it will stay here for anyone who would like to view it. So here is – at last –  the much reduced, socially distanced Remembrance Day Service for 2020 held in Gurkha Square.

GURKHA SQUARE

These pictures were provided by local resident Simon Paul Fenwick, who watched the Remembrance Day wreath laying in Gurkha Square.

FLEET FIRE STATION

The crew from Fleet Fire Station also paid their respects at Gurkha Square War Memorial today:

“This afternoon we went to pay our respects to all of those who have fallen in the theatre of war. We will remember them!”

THE UNKNOWN PIPER

Grab the tissues and take a look at this wonderfully emotive video of a lone piper. The piper was spotted by Jen Nadine Merchant in Caesar’s Camp this morning. The piper is unknown…do you know who he is? Or can you help track him down?

COUNCILLOR FORSTER

Although he would usually be attending the Remembrance Services, local Councillor Steve Forster pays his respects to the fallen from home this year. The rule of six maybe have been enforced but Fleet shows that no one has been forgotten.

LAMP POST POPPIES

The local branch of the Royal British legion, along with local councils, came together to put up eye-catching lamp post poppies. The displays in Fleet Road, Elvetham Heath and Ancells farm were put up from the end of October, on the run up to Remembrance 2020.

Below: Fleet Road. Photos Councillor Steve Forster.

Below: Elvetham Heath. Photos Councillor Marilyn Robson.

Below: Ancells Farm. Photos Councillor Peter Wildsmith.

FLEET LIONS

Fleet Lions had their high-vis jackets ready for marshalling the local service this morning. The Lions President, Bill, laid their wreath on their behalf. Photo: Fleet Lions.

POPPY DISPLAY WINDOW

Mandi Coxall, who stunned Fleet with her amazing poppy window display in “Sew Busy” last year, had to sadly give up her plans for a new shop window this year as lockdown 2 hit. Undeterred though, Mandi has taken the design to her home and has put up yet another touching and impressive display. Wonderful to see the fallen animals remembered in this scene too as they are so often overlooked. Photos: Mandi Coxwell.

BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS – 101ST ODIHAM

Even the youngsters are embracing live stream technology as here, Jude Hoffman – accompanied by his brother Rowan – reads a poem to the entire pack of the 101st Odiham beavers, cubs and scouts, from his home in Church Crookham. Great job Jude! Photo & Video: Helen Hoffman.

100TH ELVETHAM HEATH SCOUT GROUP

This brilliant project was posted by Nick Coe, Cub Leader for Mosquito Pack. The scouts usually form part of the Remembrance Day Parade, which goes along Fleet Road and which was sadly cancelled this year. The group was founded by Major David Millen (aka “Wolf”), who usually leads the parade.

Nick Coe: “It was a group effort just before lock down 2 – our Cubs biked or hiked and placed the rocks at our allotment. They have also been observing the 2 minute silence on their doorsteps at 11am.”

Below: Section Leader Laura Paterson (aka “Raksha”), her son Lewis (Scout) and Jake (Cub). Photo: James Paterson.

HOW YOU REMEMBERED

And finally, a few words from members of our Facebook group on how they spent Remembrance Sunday:

“We stood out in front of the house, with our neighbours on the other side of the road” – Harriet Langridge

“We were out on a bike ride at Longvalley MOD land. I’d set an alarm on my phone for just before 11am and here is where we observed a 2 minute silence. Some other cyclists also did the same” – Ilona Bryan

“Stood on my doorstep, shame I couldn’t easily see anyone else.” – Sue Allman

“Stood in my lounge with the streamed service from Church on my iPad and the Cenotaph two minutes silence on the TV.  Beautifully co-ordinated timing (we have a member who plays Last Post and Reveille on her trumpet.)” – Ann Adams

“We were in our garden tidying up. Stopped at 11am just to remember them and my Uncle Tom. Who died long before I was born, he was shot in the head but survived. I remember my Dad telling me that he would wake the household with his nightmares.” – Fran Carson

“I stood marshalling the wreath laying at the memorial in Gurkha Square.” – Lisa Rust

“Spent at Aldershot Military Cemetery at Dads side x” – Bernie Marriott

“We did a silence in the ward. The disability teens didn’t quite get a what was going on but all the same, we tried!! (Trelours school and college)” – Alex Twinn

“We held our own Remembrance Service at home. My 3 & 4 yr olds managed to (mostly!) stay quiet for the 2 minutes silence. Great hearing/seeing the Chinook fly past just afterwards.” – Gina Amos

“I was shopping in Morrisons when they announced it. We all stood in silence and I mean everyone until the end of the 2 minutes was up..” – Carol Ellis

“Quietly at home to the Whitehall ceremony. On Wednesday at 11am I shall pause again.” – Charlotte Walters

And that brings Remembrance Sunday 2020 to a close. If all that wasn’t enough for you, then take a look at our previous Remembrance articles – when times were..a little different.

It just goes to show that no matter what restrictions, hardships and inconveniences we are all facing right now, we adjust and do our best to carry on as best we can, together.

We Shall Remember them.

Fleet 2020

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