Uckfield Remembrance services in November are set to be greatly reduced because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Details of how the annual commemorations can take place will be formulated by the Uckfield branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), Holy Cross Church, the Rector, Father John Wall, and Uckfield Town Council.
Initial thoughts were given this week to town councillors who stressed the importance of the town holding the Acts of Remembrance.
Discussions will take place with all interested parties.
Here is how Uckfield may Remember the Fallen this year.
Armistice Day, November 11
Usually the 11-11-11 ceremony is held at the war memorial outside Holy Cross Church, attended by a number of townspeople, children from Holy Cross Primary School, councillors and members of the Royal British Legion.
The suggestion for this year is for only a small number of people to gather at the memorial.
The town council may also support the 11-11-11 moment by enabling those who wish to stand at the flagpole outside the Civic Centre to pay their respects away from the church.
Remembrance Sunday, November 8
Usually there is a parade from the Luxford car park to the church for a service which is normally extremely well attended.
The suggestion for this year is for a parade to go ahead with a maximum of about 30 people, spaced two metres apart.
The parade may avoid the High Street and go direct from the car park to the church, to avoid spectators getting too close to one another on the pavements.
The parade would be invitation only with participants’ details recorded for the track and trace process.
Holy Cross Church
Sunday services have been resumed at Holy Cross Church which has been marked out for social distancing.
About 45 people can attend – more if they are couples of in family “bubbles”.
For 2020 Remembrance Sunday service – if it is permissible at the time – would have limited numbers with people’s names and contact details recorded.
At present no singing is allowed.
There is also a question of whether Holy Cross Church will be able to clean and sanitise the church between the morning Sunday service and the afternoon Remembrance service.
Other Remembrance Services
• 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.