AN online appeal has been launched to help meet the cost of staging this year’s Staple Hill Remembrance Sunday parade and service.
The traditional commemoration of those who have died in conflict, which brings hundreds of people on to the streets, will take place from 10am on Sunday November 12.
The parade, followed by a service in Page Park, is organised in collaboration between the Staple Hill Partnership, Staple Hill Salvation Army and the Royal British Legion, with the Partnership taking overall responsibility and makes sure that health and safety and insurances are in place.
A fundraising page has been set up by Staple Hill & Mangotsfield councillor Ian Boulton, who is the president of the Staple Hill & District RBL, to raise £700 towards the cost of staging the parade.
Donations can be made online at tinyurl.com/3es38cwn.
Those taking part in the parade are being asked to form up on Page Road by the car park from 10am.
The parade, led by the Salvation Army band, will then head along the High Street and Broad Street, before entering the park by the gates at the Park Road traffic lights, for a service at the war memorial which will include a two-minute silence at 11am.
Following the service the parade will march back along the route to Page Community Association where the bar will be open for refreshments, giving veterans and service personnel an opportunity to come together with the rest of the community.
Scouts will head along Park Road to a service at the Scout Memorial opposite the Horseshoe in Downend.
In Mangotsfield a joint service will be held at the memorial in the at the Alec Large memorial gardens, opposite St James Place, at 12.30pm.
The joint service is organised by the Mangotsfield Residents Association and St James Church and will be led by Community Pastor Clive Heath and Rev James Cannan of St James.
A traditional but less formal remembrance service will be led by Clive Heath at the Red Lion in St James Street at 10.45am.
More details of the events and how to order wreaths and crosses can be found online at www.staplehillrbl.org.uk/remembrance.