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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CENTENERY COMMEMORATION
9am, Saturday, 15th May 2021
On Saturday 15 May 1921, three years after the end of the First World War in 1918, on a rainy day in London, representatives from four rival military and naval welfare societies marched to the Cenotaph in London and as ‘Big Ben’ struck at 9am, a representative from each association laid a single red poppy wreath at its base. From this emerged the British Legion which is UK’s largest Armed Forces charity with the Poppy Appeal providing welfare and support. Today, 100 years later, there are still 2,500 branches, some with histories reaching back to 1921, including Mark. Attached is a photograph dated 1921 of the first Remembrance Sunday at the War Memorial Cross in Mark Churchyard.
The Royal British Legion will mark the 1921 formation of the British Legion:
at 9am on Saturday 15th May 2021
A century on, the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be laying a wreath at the Cenotaph and have invited other associations to lay wreaths at local memorials.
Mark Royal British Legion will lay a wreath at our War Memorial in Mark Churchyard
at the same time (9am) on the same date (15th May) this year.
Fly Past. Subject to weather conditions and aircraft serviceability, at 9.15am, three aircraft of a replica SE-5a First World War fighter leading and a Wittmin Tailwing monoplane and an Aeronca Model also with a high wing configuration flown by three former RAF pilots from Middlezoy Aerodrome Flying Club will fly along the Causeway from Watchfield and pass over the Church.
Mark Harvest Home started with the Mark Cricket Club which began in 1884. In 1885 it was decided to have a cricket match and dance and to call it Mark Cricket Club Festival. This continued until the First World War when it ceased for a while but began again after the war and took the form of Victory Celebrations. After that it took the title of Harvest Home.
The day begins with a Thanksgiving Service in Mark Church. Then everyone walks in procession to the Harvest Home field where there is a huge marquee decorated with floral and harvest hoops, which give the tent a festive appearance. There is keen competition among the parishioners who decorate the hoops as prizes are awarded to the various entries in the Adults and Children’s classes. After the lunch, which starts at 1.00 pm, and the toasts given by invited speakers, there are sports for the children, as well as afternoon tea for the villagers, children and friends. The day finishes with a dance and bar in the evening
Mark Harvest Home is held every year on the second Saturday of August - This year's Harvest Home HAS BEEN CANCELLED, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS - SEE YOU IN 2022!
Posted on 27th April 2021
The MCA took the decision in January 2018 that the Village Market takes a break.. The Market had been running for over 35 years and had raised large sums of money to help with the running and maintenance of the Hall.
See the Village Hall website for a list of all events taking place there.