Remembrance services across Three Rivers

NewsUpdated: 30 October 2023Community and living

Services will be taking place across Three Rivers District on Sunday 12 November to remember the servicemen and women who have served and fallen in past wars and conflicts.

And a special memorial match in South Oxhey will raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The Oxhey Jets are set to play their annual special ‘Poppy Match’ on Saturday, 4 November, at Boundary Stadium to raise funds for the British Armed Forces charity as well as those who have served, fought and died for the UK in wars and conflicts.

Each year the Jets play a military side, and this year they will be playing against Northwood Headquarters.

The Jets have held a remembrance match in November with teams from the Armed Services after the Football Association gave them special permission in 2017.

In 2017, the match was played against former Oxhey Jet player Tom Lake's regiment, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, and since then the Jets have played against an RAF 100 team, an RAF Officer's team and the Coldstream Guards twice.

Private Tom Lake, from Northwood, was sadly killed in action while patrolling the Jamal Kowi area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of central Helmand on 20 November 2011.

Petty Officer James Jones, who has worked closely with the Jets to make this event happen, brings a tri-services team to the game. He said: “Northwood HQ FC team are delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this year’s remembrance match with Oxhey Jets, to raise as much money as possible for the British Legion Poppy Appeal and break the record attendance.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to gather and mourn the lives of our soldiers who have served, fought and died for our freedom.

“Let us stand proud in remembrance of them. Then enjoy what should be an entertaining game of football.”

A special Remembrance ceremony is due to take place prior to the 2:45pm kick-off at the Boundary Stadium off Little Oxhey Lane, Altham Way, South Oxhey. Match entry programmes are £5.

Services of Remembrance

Poppy wreaths will be laid at war memorials across the district. Councillors from all political groups will be representing Three Rivers District Council at services of remembrance.

Three Rivers District Council Leader, Cllr Sarah Nelmes, will be attending the St Peter’s service in Mill End. She said: “I invite all residents to join their nearest gathering to remember those who sacrificed so much in past wars and conflicts for our freedoms that we have today.”

Here is a comprehensive list of remembrance events across the district that will happen on Sunday 12 November:

St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley

Wreath laying at 10:50am.

Church of Ascension, Bedmond

3pm start, arrive at 2:45pm.

Holy Cross Church, Sarratt

10:30am start.

Christ Church, Chorleywood

3pm start. Meet at Chorleywood House at 2:40pm.

St Thomas of Canterbury Church, West Hyde

Wreath Laying at 10:45am

St John the Evangelist Church, Heronsgate

Wreath laying at 10:45am

All Saints Church, Croxley Green

Wreath laying at 9:45am.

St Paul’s Church, Langleybury

10am start (please arrive by 9:50am).

Leavesden War Memorial, High Road

10:45am at the War Memorial in Leavesden High Road outside Dale Court

War Memorial in Green Lane at the junction with Maxwell Road, Northwood

10:45am meet at 10:30am.

South Oxhey Baptist Church

10:30am start.

St Peter's, Mill End

10:45am start

Reach Free School, Mill End, Rickmansworth

2pm start. Meet at Maple Cross School, Mill End Community Centre St Peter’s Church and Mill End Sports and Social Club leaving at 1.15pm.

St Mary’s Church, Rickmansworth

2:30pm following the Remembrance Parade, which assembles at 1:30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians. Parade sets off at 2pm.

Three Rivers District Council’s contractors are carefully hand-cleaning the war memorial for the service ahead of time.

All Saints Church, South Oxhey

The Service of Remembrance will be held at 10am.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oxhey Jets Remembrance Match in 2022