• The 2018 Service of Remembrance. Image credit: Creative Skies

Service of Remembrance 2020

Covid-19 restrictions prevented the usual service and parade taking place on Sunday, however on Wednesday 4 November a small Service of Remembrance conducted by Reverend Mike Reading, accompanied by Thame’s Mayor, Cllr Ann Midwinter, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Chair, Cllr David Bretherton, Royal British Legion President, Major Robert Bartlett, RAF Halton Squadron Leader Clare Atherton and Deputy Lieutenant, Marie-Jane Barnett was held at the war memorial. To avoid creating a gathering many other local organisations laid their wreaths at various times in the days leading up to Armistice Day.

This video was filmed before the second national lockdown and in line with Government guidance.

Thame Poppy Appeal 2020

The Thame Poppy Appeal has raised an impressive sum of £12,451.91 during the 9 days collection instead of the normal 15 days due to the second Covid-19 lockdown.

The Thame Poppy Appeal Organiser would like to express profound gratitude to the people of Thame, the surrounding areas, businesses and especially the volunteers who gave up their time to support the collection.

This “Thank You” enables the Royal British Legion to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round.

If you wish to join the friendly Thame town centre street collecting team and can spare a couple of hours during the beginning of November 2021, please contact Keith Wallington on 07776 594001 for more information.

Previous Remembrance Events

15 August 2020 – 75 Years since Victory in Japan (VJ) Day

Due to Covid-19, events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day were scaled down in line with Government guidance, with the memorial service live-streamed via Facebook. Read how Thame celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day.

8 May 2020 – 75 Years since Victory in Europe (VE) Day

Due to Covid-19, events to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day were cancelled however various online and at-home celebrations took place. Read how Thame celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Service of Remembrance 2019

On Sunday 10 November 2019 there was a huge turnout for Thame’s annual Service of Remembrance in recognition of those who have given their lives for our country. The event started with a procession from Thame Town Hall, ending at the Memorial Gardens and included members of the Royal British Legion, Town Councillors, representatives from various community groups, members of St John Ambulance, Thame Guiding, Thame Scouts and a lone piper. The Act of Remembrance included a guard of honour of twelve Airmen from RAF Halton who laid wreaths, a fly past and a short service followed by refreshments at Christchurch.

11 November 2018 – 100 years since the end of WW1

Thame marked the centenary of the end of WW1 in 2018 with a fantastic Remembrance Service as well as many other commemorative events and projects in November.