Poppy Day Collection and Remembrance Sunday Service

The House-to-House ‘Poppy Day’ collection of funds for the Royal British Legion has had to be cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 pandemic, but the need of support for serving and former service personnel has not diminished, in fact, it has increased due to pressures caused by the disease.

However, it is hoped that you will wear a poppy as usual, particularly in the fortnight running up to Remembrance Sunday (8th November).  A full range of poppies and a subscription box will be available in Villagers Stores (thank you, Andy) from 19th October.  Please collect your poppies from there and subscribe as generously as you are able in order to help those who have protected us in the past, and those continuing to do so.

Remembrance Sunday Service

The Remembrance Sunday Service (10.55 am 8th November) has been radically affected by the pandemic.  Regrettably we have to restrict the numbers in the congregation to 30, with the Minister, Organist and Sidesmen in addition.  We are also required by the Department for Heath and Social Care to keep, for 21 days, a record of the names of those who attend, with their telephone numbers, so that Contact Tracing can be carried out in the case of any of the congregation subsequently being found to carry the disease at the time of the service.  This information will only be kept securely for 21 days and then destroyed.

If you wish to attend the Remembrance Day Service in Wootton Courtenay Church on 8th November, please will you write your name/names on the sheet in the shop, adding your telephone number.  The first 30 will be advised, as will the other signatories.

There will be a retiring collection at the end of the service, which will be sent on to the Royal British Legion.  Any cheques should be made out to All Saints Church, Wootton Courtenay.

Philip Douglas