As is tradition, the first poppy in Henley will be presented to Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett on Saturday morning in Market Place at 11.am.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Henley Poppy Appeal launch will be smaller affair this year. Sam Brown and her Ukulele Band who have provided the great musical entertainment over many years, we’re sure will be sadly missed along with the legendary dancing from John Green, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Henley & Peppard Branch. John however will still be in his World War I uniform and will be presenting the Mayor’s poppy.
There will be no house to house poppy collections this year, however poppies will be available from most shops, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops in town. All schools will also have their normal school packs which include gifts as well as poppies.
Poppy Appeal organiser Annie Arscott said, “It’s a real shame about this year, but we’re just going to have to work a bit harder to get our poppies. The shops etc. will have a small selection of other items including pin badges, wristbands, crosses etc. but if anyone would like anything else please call me on 07702 130432.”
Henley’s Remembrance Service will also be a small affair on Sunday 8 November from 11am with just the Henley Mayor, John Green, Fr Jeremy Tayler, a bugler and a standard bearer attending. There will be no parade by the organisations. However, local organisations are being invited to lay a wreath whilst social distancing at their allocated time.
Richard Pinches from Meadows Farm Studios has provided his services to live stream the Remembrance Service on YouTube so that residents can watch the ceremony from the safety of their own home. The link to watch is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3smuNrhXx0&feature=youtu.be
The RBL would also like to invite residents and shops to decorate their windows this year and enter a Remembrance competition. The display should be installed from 8-12 November. To enter the competition, email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 12 November.