Remembrance Sunday: The services taking place in Bognor Regis

Remembrance Sunday outside the town hall last year. From file
Remembrance Sunday outside the town hall last year. From file

All you need to know about Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events in Bognor Regis on Sunday 11.

The Mayor of Bognor Regis, Stephen Reynolds, said: "It's important for us to remember the conflict that people have made. Not just the one conflict but others too. We never want to forget the sacrifices that those people made."

The bells at St Richard's Church

The bells at St Richard's Church

Bognor Regis Town Crier, Jane Smith said: "I feel very proud that I have been asked to do this. I have been to many remembrance events but this is my first as Town Crier.

"I find it is always a very moving event. I will be doing the cry for peace at 7.05pm. As many town criers as possible will cry from all around the world. I will be reading the cry for peace."

Bells of St Richard's to ring in special remembrance campaign

The eight bells of St Richard's Church will be joining bells across the United Kingdom and the world ringing to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, on Sunday November 11.

Created by chainsaw artist, Simon Groves, the piece was commissioned by'Arun District Council and pays respect to fallen comrades. An official'presentation ceremony is set to be held closer to Armistice Day in November.

Created by chainsaw artist, Simon Groves, the piece was commissioned by'Arun District Council and pays respect to fallen comrades. An official'presentation ceremony is set to be held closer to Armistice Day in November.

The bells will be rung as usual prior to the morning service, but for this they will be half muffled and will finish at 10.25 after a single bell has been tolled 100 times.

At 12.30pm the bells will be rung as part of The National Ringing Remembers Campaign which is scheduled to coincide with The Peoples Procession.

Later, at 7.05pm the church will be ringing again as part of Battles Over, the nationwide commemoration of the centenary of the armistice. It is expected that bells will be rung in more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals. This is the final event and follows the national lighting of 1,000 beacons, starting at Westminster Abbey.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers started a campaign in 2017 to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers, to replace the 1,400 known ringers who died in the war. A spokesman said the campaign has been successful with some 1,700 being recruited by August this year, including four new ringers at St Richard's who will be taking part in the ringing on Remembrance day.

Tower Captain St. Richard’s ringers, Richard Jeffery: "It's about remembering bell ringers during the First World War and the idea was to remember the 1,400 who died. It would be interesting and nice if to replace them.

"The church will be open and people are welcome to sit in the church and listen."

Centenary Beacon Lighting on the Promenade

Beacons are to be lit across the country as part of a nation wide tribute to the millions killed or wounded during World War One.

Bognor, like over 1000 other towns and villages, will light the beacon at 7:00pm on November 11 to symbolise an end to the darkness of war and to celebrate the peace.

The town beacon will be on the Promenade opposite the Place St Maur.

Along with the lighting of the Beacon, 1,000 individual Pipers across the UK, and other countries around the world, will open the tribute at 6:45pm with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle.

This will then be followed by the last post when 1,000 individual Buglers will sound out the familiar noise, just before the beacon is lit.

Poppy meadows in tribute to those who fell

Wild flower poppy meadows have been sown by Arun District Council to those who fell during the Great War. Nearby locations include:

Snooks Corner, Felpham Way and Felpham recreating Ground; Herington's Field and Canada Road in Arundel; Hotham park and Flansham Lane in Bognor Regis; West Park and Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick and Bersted Brooks and Bersted Park in Bersted.

Also on a floral theme, two new carpet bedding displays have been created next to the Littlehampton War Memorial and a third at Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick.

In Caffyns field next to the War Memorial a sculpture of a lone wooden soldier stands proudly in place.

Created by chainsaw artist, Simon Groves, the piece was commissioned by Arun District Council and pays respect to fallen comrades. An official presentation ceremony is set to be held closer to Armistice Day in November.
Lamppost banners throughout the district have been proudly displaying poppy banners.

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Arun District Council's cabinet member for neighbourhood services said: "This is a significant year, marking as it does the end of World War One in 1918. Therefore it is incredibly important that we commemorate the Centenary year with these fantastic floral tributes and a string of events to recognise the sacrifice made by thoss who gave so much during the great war

Remember, recall, reflect — a chance to pay tribute to the fallen sons of Pagham

A chance to pay tribute to the fallen sons of Pagham and all those who lost their lives during the Great War.

A small service, a talk, poetry, reading and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to this event at Pagham Church on Church Lane, from young to old.

3.00 - 5.00pm

Road closures on the day

Bognor Regis Town Council has confirmed road closures ahead of the Armistice day centenary next week.

Road closures between 10.30am and 11.30am have been announced to allow for the service at the war memorial in Clarence road. These include:

Belmont Street (from the junction of York road to the junction of Albert Street);

Clarence Road (from the car park to the junction of High Street);

Sussex Street will also be closed to vehicles.

There have also been closures announced between 5.30pm and 7.30pm to allow for a commemorative event on the promenade opposite Place St Maur.

The Esplanade (between Clarence Road and Lennox Street) will be closed to vehicles.

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