NEW Poppy Appeal organiser Sarah Herbert expects Bognor Regis residents to turn out in force at this year’s Remembrance Sunday service.
“There is always a good number of people at the occasion whether it’s raining, windy or sunny,” said Sarah.
“I’m hoping there will be more than ever this year because of the centenary of the first world war, which has brought a lot more awareness into the public eye.”
The service will begin at 10.45am at the war memorial outside Bognor Regis Town Hall.
The parade before the service will leave at 10.20am from outside Edward Bryant School in London Road.
Those taking part will march through the town centre to the war memorial.
Sarah took on her role at short notice in September after the previous organiser had to step down for personal reasons.
She is the fifth generation of her husband’s family to be involved in the Bognor branch which was formed in 1921 – the same year as the Poppy Appeal began.
The family link began because Sarah’s great-great -grandmother had been raising money during the first world war while her son served in Europe.
Sarah’s husband was injured on active service and the Royal British Legion, which runs the Poppy Appeal, was there to help.
“It drove home to me why mothers, wives and other members of serving men and women’s families do this vital job,” she said.
“The dedication of volunteers of Bognor over the decades has guaranteed that Bognor has been at the front line of collecting for all service personnel from all conflicts over the years – from the Great War until today.
“Our servicemen and women will always be coming back and needing our help. We have to do what we can to support them.
“The commemorations of the first world war have been good but it is just as important to remember that our armed forces are involved in ongoing conflicts.”
Sarah has been busy organising Poppy Appeal collectors to ensure as many are out on the streets as possible to build on the work of her predecessor, Primrose Jefferies, in the past two decades. She would like to hear from anyone interested in helping the appeal for next year on 07927 473132.
THOSE who gave their lives in conflict will be remembered in the villages.
Crowds are expected to turn out for the service at the Lion War Memorial on the A29 in Eastergate at 10.45am, on Sunday.
Wreaths will be laid by members of Eastergate and Barnham parish councils as well as Arun District and West Sussex County Council.
The road will be closed while the service takes place.
Local Cubs, Beavers. Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are also expected to take part in a procession to the war memorial on the A29.
The service will include a prayer, readings and a hymn. A two minute silence will also be observed.
As in past years, the names of those from the area who had died in the two world wars and in more recent conflicts are expected to be read out.
Crowds are also expected to gather in the memorial garden, in Yapton Road, Ford, to pay tribute to the fallen members of the armed forces.
The service, which includes a two minute silence, will begin at 12.30pm and starts with a parade by Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts.
Wreaths are expected to be laid by organisations like Arun District Council, Yapton and Ford parish councils.
There will also be a service at St Mary’s Church, Aldingbourne at 10am.
MEMBERS of the public are welcome to join the Friends of Bognor Hospital for a remembrance service on Sunday.
The Friends will be holding the event at 3pm at the first world war roll of honour within the hospital.
The service will be conducted by the Rev Graham Reeves, the hospital’s chaplain.
ST THOMAS a’Becket Church in Pagham is holding its Remembrance Sunday service at 9.45am.
All 21 men from the parish who died in the first world war will be remembered, as well as those who were killed in the 1939-45 war.
Parish vicar The Rev Mark Eminson said in his latest newsletter: “Over the whole four years (of the first world war) we are praying for each son of Pagham as his exact centenary comes.
“So, recently we remembered the first Pagham fatality – Ernest Keates – killed in action in the first battle of Aisne from a bursting shell.
“He and his contemporaries must have thought back to the then even more rural Pagham while in the hellfire of the blood and mud of northern France.”
PAST and present will combine at St Mary Magdalene Church, in South Bersted, on Remembrance Sunday.
During the service, which starts at 10.30am, the congregation will join the nation for the traditional two-minute silence at 11am, which will be screened live in the church the Cenotaph in London.
Everyone who goes along will be offered a replica edition of the Active Service John’s Gospel.
It was produced during the first world war by the Scripture Gift Mission and has been re-issued to mark the centenary.
The church’s memorial to the war remains in its original place from 1920, just inside the north door.
A REMEMBRANCE service is being held in Aldwick on Armistice Day.
The occasion will take place at 10.45am on Tuesday at the parish’s war memorial next to the Willowhale Community Centre, off Pryors Lane.