Residents of Charnwood were asked to stay home on Remembrance Sunday this year and find other ways to honour those who served and sacrificed themselves in the line of duty.

In line with national government guidance on social distancing, most events across the country were scaled back or cancelled.

Remembrance Sunday service in Loughborough

A small service was held in Loughborough, in line with national guidance, and the borough council broadcast it live on Facebook so people could watch from home.

Photos and videos were also added to social media.

You can watch the broadcast below:

Visit the the Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/charnwoodbc to find photos and videos from the day and leading up to the event.

The service was held in Queen’s Park at the Carillon Tower and was led by the Revd Wendy Dalrymple, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Loughborough Branch with the Right Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough. It was attended by a small number of guests representing the Armed Forces as well as the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr David Snartt.

A copy of the Order of Service can be found below:

Armistice Day on Wednesday November 11

A small number of invited guests congregated before the war memorial within the All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Steeple Row, Loughborough on Tuesday November 10 and held a short service to commemorate Armistice Day.

The service was recorded and was published to the Council's social media channels on Armistice Day, Wednesday November 11, just before 11am.

You can view the service below:

Remembrance across the borough

Parishes across the borough usually hold Remembrance events but this year they marked the day in respectful but limited ways to ensure the safety of the public.

Please check local publications, Parish council websites and social media accounts for more information.

Remembrance tributes on YouTube

We have created a YouTube playlist consisting of all the fantastic tributes sent to us from partners who would normally attend the Remembrance Sunday service. You can view the playlist on our YouTube channel.

Commemorating Remembrance 2020 from home

The Royal British Legion shared a number of alternative ways for residents to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day from home, including creating a Remembrance space in your garden by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance, using Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host an online Remembrance service or activity or create an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.

Full details of information and resources can be found on the Royal British Legion website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance.

Covid-19 has also meant that the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal had to go online, but families could still get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window as a show of support. Visit http://bit.ly/PoppyAppeal2020

The Council is keen to gather and share photos, videos, stories and artwork of residents commemorating Remembrance 2020 from their home to help capture the occasion. People can tag the Council in their celebrations on Twitter @CharnwoodBC or Facebook: www.facebook.com/charnwoodbc.

Your submissions could be used to form part of the Isolated but Inspired project, a digital time capsule to document this time in social history, which is being co-ordinated by Leicestershire’s Museum Service.

Charnwood Creatives decided to mark Remembrance Day – and the role Songster’s armature would have played in it – with a number of competitions which encouraged people to think about ‘remembrance’ and what it means to them.

There were three different competitions – all free-to-enter – and each with a number of categories, to encourage people of all ages to be creative.

For more information, visit the Charnwood Creatives website. There is also a poster for the competitions.

Opening of the Garden of Remembrance on Saturday October 31

A small service was recorded prior to this year’s Opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Loughborough, where the Mayor will lay the first Cross. 

To ensure that numbers were kept to a minimum and social distancing guidance could be adhered to, the service was pre-recorded and published on Charnwood Borough Council's social media channels on Saturday October 31 at 10am.

A video of the service can be viewed below:

Last updated: Wed 11th November, 2020 @ 13:34