Following the decision by Thames Valley Police to remove support for Remembrance Day Parades this year, citing that "the Police do not have legal powers to stop or control traffic for pre-planned events,"
considerable work has been carried out behind the scenes, to source the necessary Traffic Management provision to comply with the law and ensure that Arborfield and Barkham
can continue to hold a Remembrance Day Parade.
The Arborfield, Barkham and District Branch of the RBL are proud to announce that on behalf of the respective Parish Councils, we have been able to secure the provision of the necessary Traffic Management services, thanks to the generosity of Balfour Beatty, who have kindly stepped in, and committed to provide the signage, equipment and staff, to ensure that the parade is able to take place.
We are also delighted to be able to advise you that the Arborfield Military Wives' Choir are joining us for the service at The Cross and will also entertain those attending the Club following the parade.
Additionally, in a recent development, we are pleased to announce that Crest Nicholson at the Arborfield Green development have also kindly offered to assist by providing Stewards to assist with parking and pedestrian control at the service.
We would also like to thank Lockey Farm Shop, for allowing us the use of their overflow car park, for those who are attending the service but not marching in the parade, and R&A Seal Ltd, of Ducks Nest Farm, for allowing us the use of their yard as a dedicated car park for those taking part in the parade, as this allows us to keep the car park at the RBL Club free of vehicles, to allow the parade to assemble safely.
Full details of the arrangements for the 2018 Remembrance Day Parade will be published here soon.
However, owing to the significance of this year's event, we anticipate that the numbers attending may be greater than in previous years.
The service at Arborfield Cross is, of course, open to everyone, and we hope that hundreds will attend. The parade however, is more of a challenge to organise, as the form-up and march-off times will be dependant on the length of the parade, so it is important that we have as much advance warning as possible, of the numbers likely to take part.
To assist us to plan the timings and catering needs for the day (there is an open-invitation for all those attending to return to the RBL Club after the parade, where light refreshements will be served), it is vital that we have an accurate indication of the numbers attending and we are therefore asking that all groups wishing to attend the parade and/or the concert by the Military Wives' Choir (which follows the parade, and is being held at the RBL Club), and any groups or individuals that wish to march within the parade, register with us beforehand.
Once you have registered you will be notified of the details and timings for the day and any changes by email, as well as being able to return to check this page.
You can register by completing the form on the following link: Register Here