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Poppy Garden & Remembrance services in Swale

Sheppey Gateway Poppy Garden

Having received thousands of knitted and crocheted poppies, Swale Borough Council’s poppy appeal will culminate in the launch of a poppy garden display at Sheppey Gateway this Friday.

Swale council worked with the Royal British Legion, Sheppey Matters and Gateways across Kent, as well as local libraries and community groups, to create a garden of knitted and crocheted poppies at Sheppey Gateway.

Contributions came from generous crafters across the borough, with further donations coming from as far afield as Portsmouth and Poland. In total, more than 3,000 poppies were donated.

The display itself has been assembled by local volunteers, and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Colin Prescott, at 11am on Friday 10 November. All are welcome to come to Sheppey Gateway for a morning of community remembrance.

Cllr Andrew Bowles, leader of the council, said: “The response to the appeal has been truly overwhelming. People have been so generous with their time and the end result is a beautiful community tribute to the fallen.

“We hope to build on this success next year and create an even more impressive piece to mark Remembrance Day 2018.”

The poppy garden will remain on display until Friday 24 November.

BRFM will be observing a 2 minute silence at 11am on Sunday LIVE from the Cenotaph in London.

Remembrance events in Swale:

Isle of Sheppey

The Lychgate, Leysdown

1.50pm for 2pm – Act of Remembrance lasting about 20mins will be officiated by Rev Joe Gregory. Cllr Mini Nissanga representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath.

Abbey Church of St Mary and St Sexburgha, Minster

10.45am – A Remembrance Service will be held officiated by Reverend Tim Hall. Cllr Andy Booth representing the Mayor will lay a wreath in the Chapel of Remembrance.

Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough

10.45am – There will be a service of Remembrance in the Church and laying of wreaths at the War memorial officiated by Reverend Cindy Kent. Cllr Cameron Beart representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath at the War Memorial.

All Saints Church, Eastchurch

9.30am – Parish Mass

10.45am – Service of Remembrance in the Church followed by wreath laying and Act of Remembrance at the Lychgate, then return to Church for prayers. Father Gerry Arbor will officiate. The Mayor will be represented by Cllr Lesley Ingham who will lay a wreath at the Lychgate.

The Cenotaph, Sheerness

The Royal British Legion Sheppey Branch have invited the Mayor to attend this service. The Parade will muster in the car park adjacent to Tesco car park at 10.30am in readiness for the laying of the wreaths. Following the ceremony the Parade will march to the Holy Trinity Church, The Broadway, Sheerness for the Church Service. Event should finish by 1.20pm.

The Mayor will be represented by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Samuel Koffie-Williams and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Doreen Koffie-Williams who will lay a wreath at the War Memorial.

War Grave, Harty St Thomas’ Church

3pm – A Service and Act of Remembrance will be officiated by Rev Colin Johnson. Cllr Ken Ingleton representing the Mayor will attend the service and lay a wreath.

Sittingbourne

Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Borden

9.45am for 11am – The Parish Eucharist followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial will be taken by Father Robert Lane. The Mayor will be represented by Cllr Nicholas Hampshire who will attend and lay a wreath.

Church of St Bartholomew, Bobbing

10.45am – An informal Service of Remembrance will be led by Reverend Sue Samson, Team Curate for Holy Trinity Sittingbourne with Bobbing. Cllr Mike Dendor representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath at the War Memorial inside the church.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Newington

10am – This Service, followed by an Act of Remembrance at 11am will be officiated by Lay Reader George Hulme. The Mayor will be represented by Cllr Mike Baldock who will attend and lay a wreath.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Upchurch

10.15am – The Service of Remembrance will be officiated by Reverend Mark Ham with an Act of Remembrance at 11am. Cllr Gerry Lewin, representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath.

Church of St Michael & All Angels, Hartlip

10.15am – The Service and Act of Remembrance at 11am will be officiated by Rev Julian Staniforth. Cllr John Wright, representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath.

St Margaret’s Church, Lower Halstow

10.30am – This Service and Act of Remembrance will be officiated by Rev Amanda Lane with Mr Alan Swift. Cllr Duncan Dewar-Whalley, representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath.

All Saints Church, Iwade

10.45am – This Service and Act of Remembrance will be officiated by Reverend Captain Stephen Plumb. Cllr James Hunt, representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath.

Holy Trinity Church, Milton Regis

10.45am This service will be taken by Rev George Rogers. Cllr Roger Clark, representing the Mayor, will attend at lay a wreath at the conclusion of the Service at the Memorial in the Church grounds.

All Saints Church, Murston

10.15am – The Service will be officiated by Mrs Jan Phillips LLM Cllr Sue Gent, representing the Mayor, will attend and will lay a wreath at The Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial outside the Church at 11am.

War Memorial, Central Avenue

10.30am for 10.50am – The Service will be led by Mrs Pat Tatchell, Chaplain to the Sittingbourne and Milton Branch of the Royal British Legion. The Mayor Cllr Colin Prescott and Mayoress Mrs Pamela Prescott accompanied by the Mayoral Cadet Corporal Shannon Pardoe will attend and lay a wreath. After the Service the Mayor, Mayoress and Cadet will take the Salute as the Parade marches past the front of the Police Station Central Avenue.

St Giles Church, Tonge

10.30am – The Service will be officiated by Mrs Anne Holton ALM.

St. Mary’s Church, Teynham

10.45am – The Service of Remembrance will be taken by the Reverend Steve Lillicrap. The Mayor will be represented by Cllr Lloyd Bowen who will lay a wreath in the church during the service.

St Laurence Church, Bapchild

10am for 10.30am – A Church Service will be officiated by Miss Janet Beal LLM. Cllr Monique Bonney, representing the Mayor, will attend and lay a wreath on the Altar.

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