Cheltenham's Remembrance Day service

Published on 28th October 2021

War Memorial

In the centenary year of the Royal British Legion, Cheltenham will reflect, respect and remember all those people who gave their lives for our freedom.

  • 11am on Thursday 11 November – pause to remember, two minute silence and short service
  • 11am on Sunday 14 November - Cheltenham’s remembrance service and parade to honour the sacrifice of armed services in war

On Armistice Day (Thursday 11 November) the council is supporting The Royal British Legion by encouraging businesses, shops, offices and individuals to pause to remember at 11am. There will be a short service including the unveiling of two names recently added to the War memorial, Corporal Francis Howard Pargeter, Royal Berkshire regiment and Labour Corps and Pioneer Joseph George Mitchell, Royal Engineers.

Representatives from the Royal British Legion and families will be observing the two minute silence at the war memorial on the Promenade.

On Sunday 14 November, the war memorial in Cheltenham’s Long Gardens on the Promenade will once again be the centrepiece for the town’s service of remembrance and civic parade. The service will begin at 10.50am and a lone trumpeter will play ‘The last post’ before two minutes of silence at 11am, honoured by Cheltenham’s Mayor, Cllr Steve Harvey.

After the Reveille, the service continues with prayers, hymns and the national anthem, played by Cheltenham Silver Band.

The mayor will lay the first wreath at the war memorial followed by other civic dignitaries, including borough and county councillors, and representatives from local organisations. After the wreaths have been laid, there will be the colourful parade and march past, the civic party watching from the dais in front of the Municipal Offices. Cllr Harvey invites any ex-service personnel who would like to take part in the parade to form up at 10.35am on the main road (by the shops/bus stops).

The Cheltenham branch of the Royal British Legion, Veterans, Cheltenham Royal Naval Association; Royal Observer Corps; 501 Squadron RAuxAF (Brize), and Joint Services Signals Unit will all be taking part in the service. Also attending and parading will be detachments from the navy, army, and RAF cadets, and St John’s Ambulance cadets, and also patrols from local scouts, cubs, girl guides and brownies.

Roy Roberts, chair of the Cheltenham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “In the centenary year of the Royal British Legion, and also our local branch, we are honoured to play our part in commemorating those who have made the ultimate sacrifice over those many years and many conflicts, and continue to care for those who did come home and are still affected by their service.’’

Councillor Steve Harvey, Cheltenham’s mayor, added: “In this year, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion, it’s a time to reflect, respect and remember all those people who gave their lives for our freedom.”

The event will be live streaming on the Cheltenham Borough Council YouTube channel.

Download the order of service for the Remembrance Sunday service


For press enquiries contact: communications, telephone 01242 264154 or email: communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

For event enquiries contact: Jennie Ingram, personal assistant to the mayor, telephone 01242 264108, email jennie.ingram@cheltenham.gov.uk

Photo opportunity: Sunday 14 November - the mayor will lead the civic party from the Municipal Offices steps at approximately 10.50am.

Notes:

The services on Thursday and Sunday will be led by Reverend Richard Coombs, the Royal British Legion chaplain.