After being cancelled due to the Coronavirus in 2020, ‘physical’ Remembrance commemorations are being held again in Ruddington this year.
The first one is, of course, this Thursday, November 11th, for ‘Armistice Day’ – with a Service of Remembrance inside St Peter’s Church, starting at 10am, to which everyone is welcome. The congregation will be invited to head out to the War Memorial on Church Street at eleven o’clock for the two minute silence, led by members of the Ruddington & District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Then, this Sunday November 14th, the uniformed groups in our village will once again be parading from The Green to the War Memorial at around 10.30am, led by the Boys’ Brigade Band, for a short service there. Traditionally, the two minutes’ silence at 11.00am has been followed by a full service inside the St Peter’s Church on ‘Remembrance Sunday’. However, continuing concerns about high COVID-19 infection rates mean it’s being done differently this year and the service will remain outdoors instead.
Vicar of Ruddington, Rev Andrew Buchanan explains: “We will still be gathering at the War Memorial at 10.30am, laying wreaths and observing the two minutes’ silence. After that, instead of going into church, there will be a short service outside. Please do come and pay your respects as usual – you might just want to wear a warm coat. In previous years, over 400 people have packed into church and we felt it would be better this year to stay outside.”
This year, attendees on both days will also be able to admire the “yarn bomb” (above) now adorning Ruddington’s big red pillar box near the Co-op as a mark of respect for all who fought and died for our country.
Please note that this Sunday, 14th November, Church Street will be closed between approximately 10.00am and 11.30am, which will affect NCT’s Green 10C bus. The Ruddington Green, Chapel Street and Church Street stops will not be served – so please use alternative stops on Kirk Lane or Easthorpe Street instead, if catching public transport.