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 9am, Saturday, 15th May 2021

Mark RBL


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.


The Pilots

  • Squadron Leadrer Dave Linney AFC. RAF Retd. Flew Harrier jump jets for most of his RAF career, including as a display pilot.  After leaving the RAF, he flew Hawker Hunter jet fighters in support of the Royal Navy. 
  • Flt Lt Rick Lea RAF Retd. Flew Lightning supersonic fighter and Jaguar ground attack aircraft with RAF, Hawker Hunters in support of the Royal Navy and Mirage fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force.  Twice a member of the Martin Baker Club after a) ejecting from a Hunter when the controls failed and (b) from a Jaguar when a practice bomb exploded prematurely, destroying the aircraft and causing him serious burns.  Rick also became a commercial balloon pilot and was test pilot for the Mk26 Spitfire   
  • Flt Lt Mike Laundy RAF Retd. Mike flew Handley Page Victor 2s in nuclear bombing and strategic reconnaissance roles and also flew covert intelligence photographic operations in West Germany during the Cold War.  He was also an instructor of Jet Provost and Jetstream.  After finishing RAF service, he was seconded to the Royal Navy as a flying Instructor.  He was then an airline captain flying commercial Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft and a Falcon 2000 private jet in the Middle East.























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.





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