Dereham Ladies Shall Remember...
On Sunday 8th November I had the great honour to lay a wreath on behalf of Ladies Circle at the cenotaph in Dereham town centre as part of the Remembrance Sunday parade.
With the army barracks just down the road at Swanton Morley, there was a strong military presence with representation also from various local groups which included the Mayor and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Scouts and Brownies, the Lions, and Rotary Clubs, and of course our own Ladies Circle, Round Table and 41 Club.
There was also quite a crowd of members of the public and it was actually quite overwhelming to be part of everything and to really feel the support and goodwill for this momentus occasion. Our message read:
“Remembering those who gave their lives for the peace and freedom we are enabled to enjoy today.”
The day was especially poignant for me as for personal reasons I had chosen the Royal British Legion as my chairman’s charity for our circling year. For Ladies Circle, in addition to supporting other local charities, this has meant we have made increased efforts to help and support our local Royal British Legion Group where we can - for example, by helping to sell merchandise as part of the Poppy Appeal.
I have also attended our local Group’s meetings – the Dereham-based Royal British Legion meet every first Wednesday at Toftwood Social Club, 7.30pm – and it has been really insightful to find out more about the work they do to support servicemen and women. On Remembrance Sunday, after the parade and church service, I was pleased to be able to help serve teas and coffees to our veterans, members and dignitaries, such as the Standard/Flag bearers.
Certainly a very moving day... and a day to remember.
Yours in Friendship,