Solemn Remembrance in Hedge End

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Cllr Mrs Jane Welsh leads the Remembrance parade in Hedge End

Over 1000 people packed around the War memorial in Hedge End this morning, to attend Hedge End’s Remembrance service.

The quarter of a mile from Hedge End’s 2000 Centre to the War memorial was closed to traffic to allow the parade and outdoor service  to take place.

The parade, which was led by Cllr Mrs Jane Welsh, included members of all the local clubs, societies and voluntary organisations and included people of all ages.

Some were just leaving the 2000 Centre as the head of the parade was reaching the war memorial.

Barry Jarman, 73 of Hedge End commented;

I’ve never seen such a large turnout in the 35 years that I’ve lived in Hedge End.

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The outdoor Remembrance service in Hedge End

Once gathered around the war memorial, the names of Hedge End’s war dead were solemnly read, the last post was sounded and as the Church clock struck 11am the two minutes silence began. A simple outdoor service followed with “O God our Help in Ages past” being the main hymn.

After the service, the parade re-formed and walked back to the 2000 Centre .

Mr Jarman, who has served in the Army, went on to say;

It is a pity that peoples around the world still cannot get on with each other and wars are still happening.

and added;

It is disgraceful that around the UK, metal plaques are being stolen from War memorials to be sold for scrap. It is the worst thing imagineable.

As the congretation disbanded, a tea stall set up in a residents front garden proved popular.

  11 comments for “Solemn Remembrance in Hedge End

  1. Graham Hunter
    November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Botley also had a very big turnout. Great to see so many residents remembering our Fallen Hero’s.

    Lot of youngsters also present.

    • November 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Sorry I can’t be everywhere at once to report these great stories. Perhaps I’ll pay Botley a visit next year…?

      • Graham Hunter
        November 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

        No critism meant Ray. It is good to see any local news reported.

        Well done.

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          November 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

          💡 It so happens that the post of Botley correspondent is vacant 😉

        • November 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          Thanks Graham

  2. Lie Dem Lover
    November 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I thought that Cllr Mick Wheatley lead the Hedge End Rembrance service ‘every year’.
    Thats what it said in their flyers last May.
    How come Cllr Mrs Jane Welsh is doing it?
    Do they take it in turns?

    • Sheila Baynes
      November 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      It all depends what you mean by “lead” the Hedge End Rememberance service. The Chairman of the Council (this year, Jane Welsh, it changes each year) was one of the people at the front of the parade and was first to lay the Town Council’s wreath. Cllr Mick Wheatley, a former serving soldier, gave the orders and I tried to keep in step with the Police, also near the front. No one is more important than anyone else it is just that there has to be some order. An excellent, respectful, parade with even the very youngest keeping perfect silence. Well done Hedge End.

      • November 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        Yes Sheila. I must admit that I didn’t initially spot Mick. For some reason I was expecting him to be in civvies and didn’t recognise him in uniform, but now that you’ve commented I do recall seeing him in the parade.

        He can just be seen in the photo actually (click on it to enlarge).

        He’s in a brown army uniform on the far right of the picture, carrying a wreath and apparently looking at his watch…

  3. D Sneddon
    November 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    See there was very few Hedge End Councillors there as usual – where were Cllrs Dan Clark; Keith House; Bruce Tennent; Big and little Bloom? We’re they too busy in their other wards?

    • November 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Good question. If anybody knows the whereabouts of the missing Councillors, do please tell Eastleigh News here.

      To be fair to them though, some Lib Dem Councillors (esp Keith House) serve on several Councils around the Borough. They might actually have a reasonable excuse to be at one of the many other parades that took place around Eastleigh, rather than in Hedge End.

      For the record, I did see Cllr Keith Day at the Hedge End parade.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        November 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        The Mayor Wayne Irish lead the Town service which was attended by the Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire the Hon Mrs Virginia Lovell JP, Chris Huhne MP,The Chief Excutive Bernie Topham and Civic representatives from our Twinned towns of Villenueve St George and Kornwestheim along with the whole of ELAC.
        There were even former councillors present – Pete Luffman and Brian Norgate and Parish Councillor Sue Toher.
        I was surprised that the Council Leader Keith House was not present in view of our important guests – I thought he must have been at Hedge End!
        I have never seen him at the Borough’s main ceremony.
        I know he was at the Raspberry the night before to see Phil Jupitus because he tweeted he was there.

        Also for the record Deputy Mayor Rupert Kyrle went to Kornwestheim and Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown and Cllr John Caldwell lead services at Netley Abbey and Chandler’s Ford respectively.

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