Branch Secretary: Tony Miles
                           (: 01225 341104


Venue:  The Oratory Room, Church Institute, Bratton

Dates:  All meetings in 2020/2021 are currently suspended during the COVID-19 emergency.


Poppy Appeal

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 8 November 2020

ARMISTICE DAY – 11 November 2020

 The Parish Council, the Bratton branch of the Royal British Legion, St James’ and the Baptist Church have been working together to ensure there is an opportunity for Bratton residents to support the annual Acts of Remembrance, whilst meeting Government Guidance. This requires that the Organiser of the event (in this case the Parish Council as owner of the War Memorial) keep numbers to a minimum.

Therefore, on each of the two days for the Act of Remembrance just a small group comprising wreath layers, standard bearers, a bugler, the Rector and the Rev Gray will gather at the War Memorial at 10:50.  There will be a short service followed by sounding The Last Post, The Two-minute silence, Reveille, and Wreath Laying, with the ceremony concluding at 11:10.

In accordance with the Guidance a risk assessment has been carried out to ensure social distancing requirements can be achieved, necessitating that residents refrain from attending the Acts of Remembrance at the War Memorial.

We do, however, urge people to participate in the Silence in their own homes, perhaps by standing outside their homes.  Just before 11:00am on both days a siren will sound just before the bugler plays the Last Post, indicating the start of the Two Minute Silence.  The siren will then sound the ‘All Clear’ after the bugler has played Reveille marking the end of the two minutes.

We recognise for many residents that the Acts of Remembrance are important to you but we trust that you will respect the arrangements that we have made.

The Poppy Appeal

The envelope in this month’s Bratton Parish News contains some poppies, a wooden cross and an envelope.  If you wish to make a donation to this year’s Poppy Appeal, please would you place it inside the envelope.  If you are able to complete the enclosed Gift Aid form and put that in with your donation it would be greatly appreciated.  There will be collecting boxes located in the Central Convenience store, The Duke and Pickleberry Coffee and Gift Shop: where you can deposit your envelope.  Ray Davis will also drive his jeep around the village (slowly!) on 11th November for a last-minute collection of envelopes.  He will have a collecting box with him so you can flag him down and deliver your envelope this way if you were unable able to put in one of the other boxes.

Garden of Remembrance

We would like you to place the wooden cross in the lawn surrounding the War Memorial at a time convenient to you, from 4th November.  Please write a personal message of Remembrance on the Tribute if you wish and please remember to observe social distancing when planting your cross.

Poppy Appeal Organiser: Mike O'Donoghue
                                       (: 01380 831208