Published: 17 November 2020
Remembrance Sunday, like most events this year, had to be planned and executed in a different, adapted way. It was decided that the safest way to remember was to ask the wider community in Four Marks to stay at home, observing the two minute silence on their doorstep and inviting them to virtually 'attend' the closed wreath laying that took place at the War Memorial on the Village Green. In a first for the Parish Council, the event was captured via a Facebook Live meaning that people could watch from home and be part of the service.
Prior to Remembrance Sunday, the Village Green was decorated with a poppy garland, tommy soldier silhouette figures and metal poppies. Other preparations were also made by Four Marks Scout Group at their Pack meeting, as they made a recording of the Cubs reading out the names of the Fallen from Four Marks. You can listen to the recording here.
On Sunday 8th November, six community representatives stood in a socially distanced circle around the War Memorial to observe the two minute silence and lay wreaths. Following a recital of The Exhortation by Parish Councillor Foster, wreaths were laid by Shaun McCarthy on behalf of the RAF Cadets, Pam Maloney on behalf of The Four Marks Women's Institute, Councillor Janet Foster on behalf of Four Marks Parish Council, John Wyeth on behalf of Four Marks Putting club, District Councillor Ingrid Thomas on behalf of East Hampshire District Council and Melissa Smith on behalf of Four Marks Scout Group. Following this on Wednesday 11th November, Alton Neighbourhood Policing team added another wreath.
Thankyou to those who participated, and also to the community who respected the decision that was made to hold this usually popular event with reduced numbers.