Oxford is to fall silent to remember those who have given their lives in conflict.
Oxford’s annual Remembrance Sunday Service will take place at the War Memorial in St Giles on Sunday 12 November from 10am to 11.30am.
The Armed Forces, the British Legion, ex-service men and women, and cadets will start to assemble from 10am at the junction of Beaumont Street/St Giles before marching up St Giles to the War Memorial for 10.30am.
The Mayoral procession will leave St John’s College at 10.30am, with the military procession already in place in readiness for the service to start at 10.40am. The wreath laying and the two minute of silence will follow at 11am.
The service will be conducted by The Very Revd Robert Wilkes, City Rector, along with The Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, Penny Faust of the Jewish community, Jawaid Malik, JP of the Muslim community, Chinta Kallie of the Hindu community, Davinder Singh of the Sikh community, John White of Humanists UK and Prof. Paul Fiddes of the Baptist Church.
Also in attendance will be the Lord-Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE, The Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Jean Fooks, multi-faith leaders from across the city, representatives from the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire County Council, the High Sheriff, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and Oxford’s twin cities from Leiden and Bonn.
After the service, the Mayoral procession will return to St John’s College for the March Past in which Lord-Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson OBE, will take the salute as it passes.
Oxford Spires Scouts will be on hand to give out Orders of Service and sell poppies. Everyone is welcome; members of the public are advised to arrive early.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks, said: “The annual Remembrance events provide us all with an opportunity to remember and pay our respects to those who have lost their lives in the service of their country. I should like to invite everyone, from all of Oxford’s communities, to come to the service in St Giles on Sunday.” Road closures will be in place for:
- Banbury Road from its junction with Parks Road to its junction with St Giles
- Beaumont Street from its junction with St John Street to its junction with St Giles
- Keble Road
- Magdalen Street East and West
St Giles will be closed from 12.01am to 2pm on Sunday 12 November. Parking will be suspended in St Giles during the Remembrance Sunday event.
On Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November, there will be a short service from 10.45am in Oxford Town Hall. The service will be led by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks, with a minute’s silence at 11am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.