Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day Services

Published: Wednesday, 30th October 2019

Oxford is to fall silent to remember those who have given their lives in conflict.

Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 10 November 2019 in St Giles'

Residents and visitors of all faiths will join the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons, to mark Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial in St Giles’ on Sunday 10 November 2019, between 10am and 11.30am.

They will be joined by military units, uniformed organisations, community groups and civic dignitaries from across the county who will gather for 10am at the junction of Beaumont Street and St Giles’.

They will then march up St Giles’, followed by the civic procession that will depart from St John’s College at 10.35am. The service will start at 10.40am. Members of the public are advised to arrive early.

“We are all horrified by the cruelties of war; we must never ever forget the many victims on all sides.”

The Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Craig Simmons

The service will be conducted by the City Rector, the Revd Anthony Buckley; the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford; Penny Faust of the Jewish Community; Monowar Hussain MBE of the Muslim community; Chinta Kallie of the Hindu community; Davinder Singh of the Sikh community, John White of Humanists and Revd Father Dominic Jacob of the Catholic community.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brian Buchan, multi-faith leaders from across the city, representatives from the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, and representatives from Oxford’s twin cities Leiden, Bonn and  Wrocław will also be in attendance.

After the service the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brian Buchan, and the civic party will move to St John’s College to take the salute as the Military and Royal British Legion march past.

If members of the public require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, the interpreter will be located on the junction of St Giles’ and Woodstock Road to the west of the dais.

Oxford Spires Scouts will be on hand to distribute orders of service and sell poppies.

The Royal British Legion flag will be flown from the flag pole of the Oxford Town Hall in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, when the flag will be changed over to the Union Jack.

Road closures on Sunday 10 November 2019

Road closures and parking suspension will be in place on Sunday 10 November 2019:

  • St Giles’ will be closed from 12.01am to 2pm on Sunday 10 November. Parking will be suspended in St Giles’ during the Remembrance Sunday event
  • The pavement on the Banbury Road, opposite the war memorial, will be closed. Members of the public are advised to follow pedestrian diversions or use Woodstock Road
  • 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

Wreath laying ceremony on Saturday 9 November 2019 in Leiden Square

In Leiden Square, Westgate shopping centre on Saturday 9 November at 11am, a wreath laying ceremony will take place led by the Lord Mayor of Oxford who will be joined by the BurgerMeester of Leiden, Henri Lenferink.

Remembrance Day Service on Monday 11 November 2019 at Oxford Town Hall

On Remembrance Day, Monday 11 November 2019, starting at 10.45am, there will be a short service on the landing area at the top of the stairs in Oxford Town Hall. The service will be led by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons, and all are welcome to attend. There will be a two-minute silence at 11am.