Update on Tuesday, October 13: Members of the signals squadron will not now be able to take part in the Remembrance service because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Read more here: Disappointment as signals officers pull out of Remembrance event.
The Uckfield News original story on September 21, 2020: Maresfield Remembrance service will be held outside at the recreation ground this year instead of in the parish church.
Villagers will be joined on Sunday, November 8, as they have for the past few years by officers from the 5 (Maresfield) Squadron 11 (Royal School Signals) Signals Regiment.
But this time the officers, who usually stay at Crowborough Camp and help out with jobs around the village on the Saturday, will be unable to do that because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Instead they are hoping to visit on another date to be involved in a tidy-up.
A road closure has been arranged in the village centre from 10am to 11.30am, on November 8, with the Remembrance service, conducted by the Rev Ben Sear, beginning at 10.30am.
Bubble groups will be marked and distanced on the recreation ground and people are asked to make their way to a bubble and stay in it.
There will be areas for dignitaries, schoolchildren, and musicians, in addition to signals officers.
Those wishing to attend are asked to book a parking space at the recreation ground so the organisers know how many people to expect. Priority will be given to disabled and blue badge permit holders.
Members of the congregation are asked to bring their own folding chairs – and an umbrella – if they wish to sit during the service.
A PA system will be used so that anyone in a car should still be able to follow the service.
There will be a collection for the Royal British Legion at the service and stewards will walk around the ground with buckets for people to drop money in.
If you would like to book a car parking space, or more information about the arrangements, please contact Angie Welton by calling 07745479407 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full timetable for the morning’s events can be found on the Uckfield Events website.
• Planning is still under way for Uckfield Remembrance services. Read more here: Pared back Uckfield Remembrance services likely.
• Ashdown Forest Centre have announced that they have reluctantly made the decision not to hold the Remembrance Sunday service at the Airman’s Grave on the forest this year.