Remembrance Day: Ribble Valley honours war dead

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REMEMBERING brave servicemen and women who have given their lives for their country will be at the heart of a host of poignant Remembrance Day services in the Ribble Valley this weekend.

This year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal aims to raise £37m. nationally to help support past and current members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fund-raising campaign and was launched nationally in October with a concert for Service personnel and their families.

This year, the Legion is focusing on the range of work it does to support Armed Forces families, whether they are families of personnel on active service, of those currently in transition from military to civilian life, or of veterans.

The Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Nearly 9.5 million people are eligible for their help. One of the country’s largest membership organisations, there are around 370,000 members nationwide, and a further 11,000 overseas.

The Legion is the major voice for Service and ex-Service people throughout the year. It campaigns and lobbies on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, housing and homelessness, employment, community and adult care, disability, skills development and debt. Its aim is to continuously improve the welfare and support provided for veterans and their dependants of all ages.

Services will take place on Sunday at war memorials and churches to pay tribute to those who have died as a result of conflict and to those members of the Armed Forces currently serving around the world.

The current organiser of Clitheroe’s annual Poppy Appeal, Mr Robert Scott, has thanked volunteers past and present for their efforts, which last year raised a total of £11,667.

He also made special mention to the Rotary Clubs of Ribblesdale and Clitheroe, The Legion girls, Inner Wheel as well as the town’s Booths, Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

The street collection for the Poppy Appeal will be on Saturday November 9th and anyone over 16 can help. Would-be volunteers can report to the British Legion Club, Whalley Road, any time from 10 am to 2 pm on collection day, or preferably contact Mr Scott beforehand on 01200 424055 or 07951 732144 or via email to

All organisations who normally receive a poppy wreath or have ordered one for this year can also collect it on Saturday November 9th from the British Legion Club between 10 am and 3 pm.

In the Ribble Valley there will be a number of services to mark Remembrance Day including the ones listed below.

Members of the public are invited to join Clitheroe Town Mayor Coun. Kevin Horkin at Clitheroe Parish Church on Sunday November 10th at 10-30 am for a Remembrance Day Service and then at Clitheroe war memorial in Clitheroe Castle at noon.

Deputy Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Michael Ranson and his wife Mrs Janette Ranson will attend a remembrance service at St Mary’s Parish Church, Whalley, and then join the procession to the war memorial for wreath laying.

Calderstones Hospital in Whalley will hold a county parade and service of remembrance on Saturday. Everyone is invited to assemble at St Luke’s Chapel, within the grounds of Calderstones, at 9-45 am. A parade will begin at 10-20 am followed by a church service in the chapel and concluding with a wreath laying ceremony at the war cemetery.

In Pendleton, the remembrance day service will be held at All Saints’ Church on Sunday November 10th at 11 am. Members of the congregation should be seated by 10-55 am so that the two minutes silence can be observed at 11 am. Mr Tony Ormiston will be giving a talk on “the poppy”.

Both st John’s Church, Read, and St Peter’s at Simonstone, will hold a service of remembrance on Sunday November 10th. St Peter’s service and family Communion will be at 10 am. At St John’s, Read, the service of remembrance will be held at 11 am. Village organisations will lay their wreaths after the service at the war memorial in the church yard and St Peter’s will lay their wreaths at the memorial outside the church after their service.

A remembrance service will be held at Sabden war memorial on the Rose Garden at 11 am on Sunday November 10th conducted by the Rev. Norman Atty from St Nicholas’s Church. Mgr Corcoran from St Mary’s Church is no longer able to attend, but he will lead Mass at St Mary’s half an hour later than usual, at 11-30 am, so that St Mary’s parishioners are able to attend both services if they wish.

There will be a Remembrance Day Service in The Memorial Institute, Rimington, on Sunday November 10th, assembling at 10-30 am for the service to commence at 10-45 am. There will be tea and biscuits to follow the service.

Remembrance Day Services at Knowle Green village church will commence at 10-50 am by the war memorial outside the church. Everyone is welcome to come and share in this act of remembrance and wreaths will be laid to remember those who gave their lives. The service will continue in church following this short outdoor act of remembrance.

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Richard Sherras will attend the Remembrance Service at Wiswell War Memorial at 9-30 am on Sunday November 10th. The Mayor and his consort Mrs Lynne Pate will then attend the Remembrance Service at St Mary the Virgin Church at Gisburn followed by wreath laying at Gisburn war memorial.

After lunch at Billington Brass Band Club, at 2-40 pm, the Mayor and Mayoress will attend a remembrance parade from Billington Gardens to the war memorial at Elker Lane for a short service and wreath laying.

The Remembrance Day service at All Saints’ Church, Pendleton, will be held on Sunday, November 10th at 11 am. Please could members of the congregation be seated by 10-55 am so that the two minutes silence can be observed at 11 am. Mr Tony Ormiston will be giving a talk on “the poppy”.

Chatburn and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be attending the Service of Remembrance on Sunday 10th November at 9 am in St Ambrose Church, Grindleton. Members and friends are asked to form up by the Duke of York at 8-30 to parade to church. Medals can be worn.

The Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley Coun. Michael Ranson and his wife, Janette, will be attending the Remembrance Service in Whalley and Billington on Sunday. Following the service at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, a parade will leave from Church Lane proceeding to the Whalley War Memorial for a wreath laying service at approximately 11-45 am.

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Richard Sherras and his consort, Mrs Lynne Pate will be attending the service of Remembrance at Billington Gardens on Sunday. A parade will form up at the entrace to the Billington Gardens from 2-30 pm for the parade to leave at 2-45 pm. proceeding to the Billington War Memorial for a wreath laying service. The parade will be headed by the Accrington Pipe Band and Blackburn Sea Cadets.

The Whalley district brance of the Royal British Legion will observe a two-minute silence service at the Whalley War Memorial at 11 am on Armistice Day (November 11th) with the staff and pupils of Oakhill College and St Mary’s School in attendance.