Remembrance Sunday services in Midhurst and Petworth

People in the Midhurst and Petworth area will be joining towns across the country in traditional acts of Remembrance.

In Both Midhurst and Petworth there will be short acts of remembrance at 11am on Friday (November 11). On Remembrance Sunday, which takes place this year on November 13, there will be a service and wreath-laying at Midhurst war memorial starting at 10.45am.

It will continue in the parish church with Margaret Johnson, deputy lieutenant of West Sussex and chairman of West Sussex County Council, in attendance.

The service will be led by the Rev John Hickman, Royal British Legion chaplain, and the sermon will be preached by the vicar, the Rev Marcus Ronchetti.

There will be a service of remembrance in Woolbeding church at 3pm.

The Last Post and Reveille will be played on the trumpet at the services in Midhurst and Woolbeding by Alexander Watts, a pupil of Seaford College.

At Petworth, a small area in front of St Mary’s Parish Church has been enclosed as a garden of remembrance until Monday, November 14. It was blessed by the Rev Tim Wright on Sunday following the All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day service. For those who would like to participate, small wooden crosses are available where poppies are sold in Petworth and also in St Mary’s Church.

Petworth’s remembrance service will be held at St Mary’s Church at 3pm on November 13.

A parade of ex-servicemen and women and supporters, and uniformed organisations will assemble at the Royal British Legion Club in Grove Street by around 2.30pm before marching to St Mary’s for the service, led by the Petworth Town Band.

After the service the parade will form up again for a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial and will then march back to Grove Street.