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.
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.
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.
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.
The service concluded with a return parade, after which, some our members joined the Royal British Legion in a commemorative Beacon Lighting.
Many thanks to Tom Scrase for some of the photography.