THE victims of two world wars, and other conflicts since, will be remembered at services in and around Bromsgrove this Sunday.

On Poppy Day, Saturday November 11, at 11am, in High Street, members of the Bromsgrove branch of the Royal British Legion, and the public, will gather before the Oddfellows' Memorial, above H Samuels' shop in the town centre, for a two minutes' silence.

Many shops and businesses are expected to observe the silence.

On Remembrance Sunday, the following day, a parade led by the West Midlands' Police Pipe Band will set off from Parkside Middle School, in Stourbridge Road, at 10am to process down High Street to arrive at St John's Church at 10.30am.

After the service, the parade will reform to march to the Burma Star Memorial, in Crown Close, where at around 11.15am wreaths will be laid.

A garden of Remembrance has been opened in Crown Close for people to place crosses in memory of loved ones who did not return from wars or who have died since their service days.

Bromsgrove's Poppy Appeal organiser, Mary Joy, from Bournheath, this week appealed for collectors for the High Street on Saturday. Volunteers should report to the United Reformed Church, in Windsor Street.

"If anyone can manage just 30 minutes they can feel they have done their bit, as those we try to help with the money raised did in their time," she said.

Crosses are available from the Advertiser/Messenger office, at 5 High Street, or from house-to- house collectors.

Mrs Joy has also put out an urgent plea for collectors for the Deansway and Kidderminster Road areas of the town.

She can be contacted on (01527) 871604.


Sunday services

l All Saint's Church, Bromsgrove: Service at 10am. 11am two minutes' silence at the war memorial in the church grounds.

l St Bartholomew's Church, Tardebigge: Service 10.55am.

l Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, Stratford Road: Family and parade service at 10.30am. Service 6pm.

l St Mark's Church, Fairfield: Remembrance service 10.45am

l Holy Trinity Church, Belbroughton: Remembrance parade 10.45am.

l St Leonard's Church, Clent: Remembrance service 10.45am

l St Andrew's Church, Barnt Green: 10am.

l St Michael's Church, Cofton Hackett: 4pm

l Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane: 11am, civic service and parade 6.30pm.

l St Godwald's Church, Finstall: Parade leaves Rigby Lane at 2.30pm, short act of remembrance at the war memorial followed by church service at 3pm.

l Catshill Churches Together: Service at Catshill Middle School and wreath laying at 10.30am.

l Parish of Stoke Prior, Wychbold and Upton Warren: St Michael's Church, Upton Warren, 9am. St Mary de Wyche Church, Wychbold, 10.30am. St Michael's Church, Stoke Prior, 6pm.