Message from Chairman, Marlow Royal British Legion, Shaun Murphy
A big thank you must be given to the Marlow community for what has been achieved in the Poppy Appeal collections since October last year. Unfortunately the Covid-19 Lockdown did affect the overall amount of other money raising activities has to be cancelled. Nevertheless, Marlow raised a total of £32,000. A magnificent achievement, so many thanks to all who contributed.
This year’s Poppy Appeal will be totally different to previous years. The royal British Legion has had to consider their volunteers and the contributors to ensure their safety and well-being. With social distancing in force it would be impossible to conduct street collections.
Turning to Remembrance Sunday, it would be impossible to hold the normal Parade & Service under the Government Regulations. The Remembrance commemoration is a Civic event and the Town Council will be keeping the situation under review in line with any changes of the regulations. The decision as to whether the Parade can go ahead will be made in this light. However, a cut off date is likely to be in September so that arrangements can be finalised in time. Safety is the priority of both the Council and the Royal British Legion. Both want to ensure that no-ones life is put at risk especially when it comes to the veterans and older and vulnerable members of the congregation. The worst case will be there will be no parade this year but the possibility of a virtual commemoration will be examined. It would be good if households could show their support for our Armed Forces and Veterans, so please display a Poppy in house windows during the Poppy Period 31st October to 11th November). A Poppy to cut out will be included in the autumn edition of the Marlovian or download a poppy image below.