On Saturday 11 November (Armistice Day) and Sunday 12 November (Remembrance Sunday) towns and communities across Bridgend County Borough will hold services, events, and parades to mark Remembrance Day 2023.
A parade, organised by Bridgend Town Council and led by the City of Swansea Pipe Band, will muster in Adare Street at the junction with Wyndham Street from 10.25am on Remembrance Sunday.
The parade will set off at 10.40am and march to the War Memorial, Dunraven Place for a service conducted by Reverend Rachel Wheeler. Bridgend Male Voice Choir and Lewis-Merthyr Brass Band will provide musical support.
The Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan will be in attendance and will take the salute at the march past after the service.
Representatives of The Armed Forces, Veterans, Civic Organisations and Associations, Town and Community Councils, and members of the public will be attending to mark the commemoration.
Other remembrance events taking place elsewhere across Bridgend County Borough include:
- Aberkenfig – Service of Remembrance on Saturday 11 November at 10.45am in Aberkenfig Square.
- Bryncethin – Service of Remembrance, Bryncethin Memorial Hall, 10am Sunday 12 November.
- Caerau – Service of Remembrance on Sunday 12 November, 9.45am, St Cynfelyn’s Church, Cymmer Road, Caerau, followed by a service at the village war memorial on Caerau Square at 10.55am.
- Cornelly – Remembrance Day Service – Cornelly Community Centre—Memorial Saturday 11 November 2023. Service Starts at 10.45am.
- Cefn Cribwr – a Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday 12 November, 10am, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cefn Cribwr followed by a service at the village war memorial on Mynydd Bach Common at 10.55am.
- Coychurch – a short Act of Remembrance in the Williams Memorial Hall, Main Road, Coychurch, CF35 5ES on Sunday 12 November, 10.50 to 11.10am.
- Kenfig Hill – Service of Remembrance on Sunday 12 November, St Theodore’s Church, High Street, Kenfig Hill, 10am followed by a service at the cenotaph, at Moriah Place (top cross) at 10.45am.
- Llangynwyd – A Memorial Service will be held at Llangynwyd Village Hall on Friday 10 November at 10.30am followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial. Refreshments will be available at the hall afterwards.
- Maesteg – RBL Poppy Appeal, Friday 10 November Festival of Remembrance 7pm – 9.30pm at Measteg 7777 RFC, Castle Street, Maesteg.
- Nantymoel – Service of Remembrance on Sunday 12 November, 10.50am at Pricetown Square, Nantymoel. Includes roll of honour, the Last Post, Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths.
- Pencoed – Remembrance Parade and Service on Sunday 12 November starting at Pencoed Social Club at 9.30am marching to a service at Salem Chapel,conducted by the Rector Ian Hodges and then onto the Cenotaph at in the town centre.
- Pontycymer – Remembrance Sunday Service at St David’s Church, Pontycymer at 10.00am. This will be followed by the poppy wreath laying, the minute’s silence and prayers that will take place at 11.00am at the war memorial at Victoria Street, Pontycymer.
· Porthcawl – Members of the community are invited to lay wreaths at the war memorial, All Saints Church, Porthcawl on Saturday 11 November at 11am. The Royal British Legion supported by Porthcawl Town Council will hold a service on Sunday the 12 November 2023 at All Saints Church, 10.30 am, the standards will parade at the War Memorial at 11am for the sound of the last post. Everyone welcome to attend.
· Pyle – a Service of Remembrance, including the laying of poppy wreaths, Sunday 12 November at the new war memorial in the grounds of Pyle Legion at 10.40am. Following the service refreshments will be available in the club. All are welcome and are asked to be at the Legion by 10.30am.
Full details on these Remembrance events can be found on the council’s website.
These events are part of the national Remembrance commemorations and provide the opportunity for local residents to reflect on the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
Council Leader Huw David said: “Remembrance parades and services, organised by our town and community councils, commemorate all of those who have fallen, in the First World War and in all subsequent conflicts.
“It is a privilege to join the community in remembrance of all service personnel, past and present, who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the freedoms we enjoy. We encourage any members of the public who may like to mark this act of remembrance to join a local remembrance service or event.”
For any queries regarding the remembrance events, please contact the relevant town and community council.