New Milton Town Council Supports Poppy Appeal
Every year the Royal British Legion, who support thousands of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families, hold their biggest fundraising campaign, the Poppy Appeal in November. The appeal coincides with the annual period of remembrance. This year New Milton Town Council are delighted to be sponsoring the New Milton & District Branch for their poppy appeal.
New Milton Town Council and the Royal British Legion locally both know how very important Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are to the whole community in New Milton. The ceremonies in the Town Centre are always extremely well attended. Recently, representatives of both organisations including Paul Jepson, Ron Back and Goff Beck, respectively the president, chairman and vice-chairman of the New Milton and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, as well as Cllr Keith Craze the Mayor of New Milton and the Town Clerk Graham Flexman, met at the War Memorial to officially launch the New Milton & District Poppy Appeal.
The Annual Remembrance Sunday ceremonies will be held on 13th November this year. A Marching Band will lead the parade to the War Memorial on the Recreation Ground where all those attending will assemble. Many local groups will be involved in the parade, including the Army Cadets, Sea Scouts, Guides, Scouts, and representatives of all our local schools as well as the Women’s Institute, Men’s Shed and Hampshire Constabulary and many other local groups and organisations.
At 11am, the last post will be sounded and Brigadier Paul Jepson will recite the Exhortation. A 2-minute silence will then be observed. After the Reveille, Colonel Ron Back will recite the Kohima. Leaders and members of our many local organisations will then lay wreaths.
Following the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, the Marching Band will reassemble to lead the parade along Old Milton Road, into Station Road, and then along Whitefield Road to the Memorial Centre for a Service of Remembrance led by Rev Andrew Bailey, with the Jubilee Singers leading the singing and featuring readings by pupils from local schools.
So, please look out for the local volunteers who will be selling poppies in the area and buy a poppy from them in the knowledge that your money will be going to a fantastic cause. And please join your fellow Miltonians at the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies.
We will remember them
Further information available from:
Town Clerk, New Milton Town Council
Tel 01425 619120
Dated: 24 October 2022