Published: 15:08, 08 November 2019
| Updated: 15:18, 08 November 2019
Mayor of Swale Councillor Ken Ingleton has sent a message for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
He said: "From past experience of remembrance services both here and in Sittingbourne's twin town of Ypres in Belgium these will be very moving occasions, especially for those personally affected.
"Although the world wars are now history, the debt can never be paid back to those who we remember.
"I hope that many families throughout the borough will attend to remember both friends and family members who, over the years, have lost their lives protecting our way of life."
He and his mayoress Mick will represent the council for the two-minute silence at 11am on both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day on Monday, the 11th day of the 11th month.
He said: "On both days the borough will stand with the nation to remember all of the people who have lost their lives in armed conflicts defending our nation, especially at this time we remember our courageous service personnel and those whose lives have been changed.
"I urge all of you to remember those who have lost their lives in armed warfare defending the country and its freedoms that we enjoy by buying a poppy and to wear it with pride to display your gratitude while also raising money to support to those affected by warfare.”
Giant poppies, each representing a villager who died in wars during the last century, are lining roads in Newington in the lead-up to Armistice Day.
The 55 poppies were erected by Newington History Group (NHG) as its annual tribute to the village's servicemen; 48 from the First World War, six from the Second and one from the Korean War.
The line of poppies links the Memorial Garden under the village sign on the A2 with the war memorial in the churchyard at the bottom of Church Lane.
Dean Coles, chairman of NHG, said: "This is the fifth year the history group has put up the poppies and villagers tell us how much they appreciate it."
Mr Coles will read out the names of Newington's fallen at the village's Remembrance Service on Sundayand will lay a wreath on behalf of NHG.
It is 100 years since the unveiling of the Newington war memorial in September 1919 and its first annual Remembrance Service.
10.30am for 10.50am. War Memorial, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne. Mrs Pat Tatchell, chaplain to Sittingbourne and Milton branch of the Royal British Legion with deputy mayor of Swale Cllr Roger Clark who will take the salute as the parade marches past the police station.
The parade will set off from the Appleyard in Avenue of Remembrance next to Borden Grammar School and will end at the memorial. Central Avenue will be closed to traffic from 10am to 11.45am.
Visitors are reminded that parking in Swale council-owned car parks is free all day on Sunday.
9.30am for 10am St Michael’s Church, High Street, Sittingbourne, with the Rev Lesley Jones and Cllr Roger Truelove who will lay a wreath at the war memorial window.
10am for 10.30am St Laurence Church, Bapchild, with the Rev Simon Young and Cllr Monique Bonney who will lay a wreath on the altar.
9.30am for 11am. Saints Peter and Paul church, Borden. Parish Eucharist followed by an Act of Remembrance at the war memorial taken by Father Robert Lane with Cllr Nicholas Hampshire.
10.45am St Bartholomew church, Bobbing. Informal service led by the Rev Sue Samson, team curate for Holy Trinity Church, with Cllr Steve Davey.
10.15am St Michael & All Angels church, Hartlip with lay reader George Hulme and Honorary Alderman John Wright.
10.30am All Saints Church, Iwade. The Rev Amanda Lane and Cllr James Hunt. Cllr Hunt will lay a wreath at the First World War Cairn.
10.30am St Margaret’s Church, Lower Halstow with the Rev Ron Partridge and Cllr Corrie Woodford.
10.45am Holy Trinity Church, Milton Regis. The Rev George Rogers with Cllr Tony Winckless.
10.15am All Saints Church, Murston. Mrs Angie Daniels and Cllr James Hall.
10.15am St Mary the Virgin church, Newington, with lay reader Lis (corr) Willmet and Cllr Mike Baldock.
10.40am St Mary’s Church, Teynham, with the Rev Canon Dr Steve Lillicrap and Cllr Lloyd Bowen.
10.30am St Gile's Church, Tonge. Mrs Anne Holton with Cllr Derek Carnell.
10.15am St Mary the Virgin church, Upchurch, with the Revs Julian Staniforth and Simon Nevell and Cllr Alan Horton.
Armistice Day (Monday)
11am Short ceremony at the memorial in Central Avenue, Sittingbourne.