Remembrance and Remembering
3 November 2020 - A message from the Bishops
The Government has today confirmed that faith leaders are permitted to organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph, in line with the upcoming lockdown restrictions and requirements. The guidance is available here:
Please note that the guidance reiterates that church buildings themselves will not be permitted to open for communal worship during the lockdown period, including this Sunday, but will be available for live-streaming.
If you are usually involved in organising or attending community events for Remembrance Sunday, we would ask you to contact your local authority and other relevant local figures as soon as possible to confirm what arrangements can be made at this short notice. You will note that the Government outlines who else can legally participate in an event, including councillors, MPs, members of the armed forces and veterans.
We appreciate that the lockdown guidance is fast-evolving and we thank you for your patience and commitment. We will continue to keep you updated as further advice is issued by Government and the National Church.
With our prayers for you all,
Bishop Tim, Bishop David and Bishop Debbie
And the Bishop’s Staff Team:
Andrew Robinson, Diocesan Chief Executive
Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester
Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester
Mat Phipps, Bishop’s Chaplain