Marking the Centenary of Armistice Day

This year was particularly poignant for the country as Remembrance Sunday fell on the centenary of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I on 11 November. Longham marked this occasion and paid our respects to the fallen in a series of activities to learn about the sacrifices made by the armed forces for the country over the past 100 years.

Marking the local Royal British Legion launch of their annual Poppy Appeal, representatives of each section attended an event with the Mayor of Ferndown, Jean Read, to help promote the cause to the public.

Attending the Poppy Launch at Ferndown Centre with the Royal British Legion

After discussing the roles of Scouts during WW1, our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts provided their own tribute to the fallen with 100 poppies placed around the silent soldier silhouette at Longham roundabout. Their poppies were made almost entirely out of surplus and second-hand materials.

Scouts planting hand-made Poppies in Longham

On Remembrance Sunday we joined the parade alongside other community groups and veterans through the streets of Ferndown. It culminated at St Mary’s Church with a service attended by local dignitaries such as our MP, the Mayor of Ferndown and councillors.

Longham Cubs parading through the streets of Ferndown

Longham Scouts wearing family military medals

During the service, our young members helped to lay Poppies in honour of local heroes fallen in conflict. One of our Scouts also had the honour of reading some of their names.

Longham Beavers, Cubs & Scouts with Royal British Legion

Longham Cubs laying Poppies

Longham Scout reading names of the fallen to the congregation

The service concluded with a return parade, after which, some our members joined the Royal British Legion in a commemorative Beacon Lighting.

Longham in the parade through Ferndown

Beacon Lighting at the Royal British Legion in Ferndown

Many thanks to Tom Scrase for some of the photography.