The 'weeping willow' of poppies overlooking the war memorial at St Bartholomew's Church, Maresfield.

Preparations for Remembrance

A ‘weeping willow’ of poppies has been sited overlooking the war memorial in the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Church, Maresfield.

It is in memory of the Fallen of Maresfield from the two world wars, 18 men in total from the small village.

This weekend a squadron from the Royal Corps of 11th Signals Regiment based in Blandford Forum, Dorset, will be visiting the village.

Jobs

On Saturday afternoon they will prepare for a Remembrance service on Sunday morning by clearing leaves, carrying out maintenance at Normans Pond, and completing other jobs around Maresfield.

On Sunday the squadron will meet at the Manor House in Maresfield Park for a formal photograph at 9am – spectators will be able to observe from open gates.

At 10am the officers will assemble ready to march to the church to arrive in good time for a Remembrance service to start at 10.30am.

Bells

St Bartholomew’s bells will ring in line with ‘Bells across the UK’.

The service will be conducted by Squadron chaplain, the Rev Paul Neiland. Two minutes silence will be observed at 11am, and the Last Post will be played by Jonathan Hodgson.

The chaplain will lead the congregation out to the war memorial where the service will continue, and wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and crosses will be laid by children in memory of Maresfield men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Refreshments will be served in St Bartholomew’s Church following the service.

• There will be a Remembrance parade up Uckfield High Street to Holy Cross Church on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm.

A service of Remembrance will take place at Holy Cross Church at 3pm, followed by wreath-laying at the war memorial in the church grounds and then a parade back to Uckfield Civic Centre.

• There will be a short service of Remembrance at the war memorial in the grounds of Holy Cross Church on Sunday morning at 11am when maroon will be fired from the grounds and the Last Post will be sounded.

• In the morning there will also be a ceremony at the Eugene Seghers memorial in the grounds of the Highlands Inn, Uckfield. Eugene Seghers was a Belgian pilot who died when a V1 flying bomb blew up as he steered it away from crashing on Uckfield.

• On Sunday evening Uckfield beacon at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, is due to be lit to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1.

All are invited to the event. The Last Post will be sounded at 6.55pm, and the beacon lit at 7pm.

Five minutes later the bells of Holy Cross Church will ring out joining more than 1,000 cathedrals and churches in a celebration of peace.

• A Remembrance Exhibition is due to take place at Bridge Cottage from Monday, November 12, to Saturday, November 17, from 10am to 3pm. It will feature local people from World War 1, and a cascade of poppies.

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