THE Midhurst and Petworth area is this weekend gearing up for Remembrance Day events and services.
The Remembrance Sunday service on November 9 begins at 3pm in St Mary’s Church at Petworth.
The commemoration begins with the traditional parade from the Royal British Legion Club in Grove Lane to St Mary’s Church which is led by the Petworth Town Band.
There will be an Armistice Day service at 11am on November 11 at the war memorial.
The service of Remembrance at Midhurst starts around the war memorial at 10.45am on November 9.
The service will continue in the parish church in the presence of Margaret Johnson, deputy lieutenant of West Sussex.
Wreaths will be also be laid by Midhurst Town Council, churches and other organisations including the Army Cadet Force and the Girl Guides.
Humanists will be also be laying a wreath at the war memorial in Market Square for the first time.
A representative of the group will lay a wreath on behalf of the non-religious service personnel who have fallen in the line of duty.
The church service will be led by the Rev Dave Willis, vicar of Midhurst Parish Church, assisted by the Rev John Hickman, Midhurst area chaplain of the Royal British Legion. There will also be a service on Remembrance Sunday at Woolbeding church at 3pm.
On Tuesday, November 11, there will be a short act of Remembrance at Midhurst war memorial, starting at 10.50am.
The Last Post and Reveille will be played at these three services by Iona Harrison, a member of the Petworth Town Band.
In addition to the usual morning Remembrance Sunday service in St James’ Church, which will start at 10.30am on Sunday, November 9 and include the 11am two minutes’ silence, Stedham will this year be reviving a former custom of holding an evening service in the village’s Memorial Hall.
This will start at 6pm and everyone is welcome.
On Armistice Day, Tuesday, November 11, a new memorial plaque is to be unveiled in Stedham by John Hills at the Memorial Hall.
The children of Stedham Primary School will plant crosses dedicated to the memory of fallen family members around the hall’s perimeter fence and there will be two minutes‘ silence at 11am.
Afterwards there will be refreshments in the hall.