The Remembrance Weekend planned in Maresfield this year will have a significant historical connection between the town and the army.
Maresfield was the former site of an army training corps. The 11th Signals regiment was named after the village and now wants to establish a link with the village and church which it was named after. The vicar of Maresfield, Nick Cornell, said that remembrance seemed a good time to make that link. “More than 40 trainee officers will be with us this weekend, as well as the MP and our church school, and it should be a very exciting service.
The soldiers will parade from the Manor House and through the Park Arch to the 10.45am morning service in St Bartholomew’s Church, on November 12, where a service will be led by Rev Nick.
St Bartholomew’s ancient bells will toll the hour of 11 am and a two-minute silence will be observed and heralded by a bugler.
The congregation will be supported by the full church choir and organist David Bailey who will play the fine, and historical, Walker 1890 organ.
Wreaths will be laid at the church memorial.
During their stay, the soldiers have planned to take on a number of tasks in the community, such as gardening and leaf clearance. You can read more about the weekend here on Uckfield News