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We will remember.....

Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on 14 November, is an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.  Nationally there will be the Poppy Appeal from 30 October - 13 November, the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday 13 November and on Sunday, the Cenotaph Parade.

Here in Downton the events are:

Poppy Appeal 2021

This year's Poppy Appeal should see the volunteer collectors out and about in force once again, subject to any future Covid-19 restrictions. There will be several ways to donate to the Poppy Appeal including:

• cash
• text
• web (via a QR code quick link)

Poppies will be on sale at many locations in Downton.  There will be some door-to-door collections, and a collection table will be outside the Co-op on Saturdays 30 October, 6 November and 13 November.

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Poppies in the Memorial Garden last year

Remembrance Day

On Thursday 11 November, the actual Remembrance Day, crosses will be planted at the graves from 10am, and a small ceremony will be held outside The Goat at 11am.

Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 14 November, the Official Remembrance Day, a wreath laying Parade will take place at The Memorial Hall starting at 10am with a march along The Borough and the High Street to St Laurence Church for a service of Remembrance led by the Arch Deacon Alan Deaves.

The Parade will be led by the Downton Band and will include members of the Royal British Legion, Parish Councillors, and Youth Organisations. It should be noted that seating in the Church will probably be restricted due to Covid-19.

In addition to these events, local firm John and Tiggy Underhill of local firm Doccombe are sponsoring a concert in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 16 October.