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Remembrance Sunday in Surrey and Hampshire

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Remembrance Sunday in Surrey and Hampshire

Published at 6:04am 9th November 2018.

Sunday will see the centenary of the end of the First World War, with events taking place across Surrey and Hampshire to commemorate the occasion.

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day (11 November).

The following is a list of some of the events taking place in our area to mark remembrance:


Guildford will commemorate the centenary on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, with a procession, church service and wreath-laying in the Castle Grounds. Veterans, cadets and guests will be present.

There will be an outdoor service observing the Armistice two minute silence at 11am in the Castle Grounds.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, will begin by joining Brigadier Paul Evans OBE DL laying flowers under the VC Stones in Tunsgate, before the procession to Holy Trinity Church.

At Guildford Cathedral a day of commemorations will take place including the playing of Batle's O'er from the the top of the cathedral by a piper from Gordon's School. A special service will begin at 10am.

The day before (10 November) will see the Concert for Peace at G Live with performances by the Vivace Chorus and the Friary Guildford Band.

Other free events at G Live include the film ‘Guildford in the Great War’, Gordon’s Pipe & Drum band, Special Sound Installation – Learning to Fly and WW1 re-enactment group.


The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Stephen Masterson, and the Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, will both be present at the wreath-laying service at 9am at Devereux House, Albert Road, Farnborough.

This will be followed by a wreath-laying service at 9.30am at The Cenotaph in Municipal Gardens attended by the Mayor.

The Deputy Mayor will be at Knellwood, Canterbury Road, Farnborough, at 9.30am, before heading to the service, wreath-laying ceremony and march past at 10.30am at North Camp Methodist Church, Lynchford Road, Farnborough.

The Mayor will lay a wreath at the War Memorial outside the Princes Hall at 10.10am before making his way to The Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Farnborough Road, Aldershot, at 10.45am for a service, wreath-laying ceremony and march-past.

Sunday evening will see a beacon lighting, jointly arranged by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Aldershot Garrison, as part of a nationwide “Battle’s Over” commemoration.

The event will start at 6pm, in front of the Wellington Statue in Aldershot, with a welcome and an opening prayer before the sounding of the Last Post and the beacon will be lit at 7pm.

At 7.05pm, there will be a ringing of bells, in celebration of peace. Members of the public are encouraged to bring a bell with them to join in.

Surrey Heath

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Dan Adams will join the morning service at St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham, before attending St Michael's Church, Camberley, together with Chief Executive Karen Whelan, for the 2pm service.

A parade including The Mayor, Lt Col Chris Boryer MBE of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove, and Karen Whelan will then travel along the A30 London Road following the service.

Many local military and community groups will also take part in the parade, after which wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial outside the RMA entrance in Camberley.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Robin Perry will attend The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley in the morning to mark the two minutes’ silence, and join the service at St Lawrence’s Church, Chobham in the afternoon.

Following the Camberley service, the Mayor and Mayoress of Surrey Heath will travel to Northern France, to lay a wreath on the grave of a Surrey Heath soldier.

St Peter's church in Frimley will hold a Service of Remembrance at 10.30am.


A joint Remembrance Sunday parade in Farnham will begin at 10.30am in Castle Street, reaching Gostrey Meadow for a short service at 10.45am.

Drivers are advised that temporary road closures will be in place from 10.15am to 11.30am. The roads affected include Castle Street, The Borough, Union Road, South Street, Downing Street, Longbridge and Victoria Road.

In Godalming, a Service of Remembrance will be held St Peter & St Paul Parish Church at 9.45am followed by a ceremony at the War Memorial in the Phillips Memorial ground at 10.50am.

This year’s observances will also include the dedication of new memorial plaques listing the names of all 281 men from Godalming who fell in World War 1.

After the service, the Parade will process down the High Street, down Great George Street, along The Burys and return back to the Waverley Borough Council car park.

Anyone wishing to join the parade should be at the Waverley Borough Council car park at 8.55am to march off at 9.00am.


The Remembrance Day Service will commence at the War Memorial in Jubilee Square, Woking at 10.35am, concluding with a Two Minute Silence and laying of wreaths.

Singers from local choirs and choral groups will form a combined choir for the singing of hymns and the National Anthem.

Following the conclusion of the Service, uniformed units and organisations will march past the Mayor and Members of the Civic Procession in Church Street East.

All are welcome to attend and anyone wishing to lay wreaths should make themselves known to the Wreath Announcer, who will be located in Jubilee Square, by 10am to ensure they can join the Wreath Laying Group in Jubilee Square.

Organisations wishing to join the parade are asked to assemble outside H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East not later than 9.50am.

A road closure will be in place in Church Street East from 8am to 12noon.

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