Church of England Diocese of Norwich Wretham with Illington

Covid hits Remembrance services.

6 Oct 2020, 10:30 a.m.

The pandemic brings the cancellation of one of Norfolk's more unusual Remembrance events.

The midweek November 4th ceremony at St. Ethelbert, East Wretham, will not take place this year. Normally a three figure attendance watches ceremonies at the war memorial and at the Czech and Polish war graves in  the churchyard, as wreaths are laid and poppy crosses planted.

The ceremonies which involve local councils, RAFA and RBL members as well as Czech veterans living in this country, commemorate the links with the village of  311 RAF Squadron which was formed with Czech and Polish flyer at RAF Honington and based at Wretham airfield. Military attaches from the Czech, Polish and Slovak embassies in London lead the wreath laying.

Instead this year, Thetford RAFA chairman John Macpherson will visit the churchyard alone to lay a wreath and plant crosses.

On Sunday November 8th it is Wretham's turn to host the annual Remembrance Day service organised by Wretham and Hockham branch RBL. This year there will be no church services but a simple ceremony at the war memorial where wreaths will be laid. This will bein at 10.45am