The 2008 Remembrance Day service and parade took
place on Sunday, 8th November. The parade from the Ash Centre to
the Ash War Memorial was led by lone piper, Euan McDermott. The
union Flag was carried by young people from St John Ambulance.
The local dignataries were led by Surrey Heath
MP Michael Gove, Chairman of the Council Nigel Manning, Clerk of
the Council Carole Olive and other members of Ash Parish Council.
They were joined in the parade, by other uniformed organisations,
and members of U3A (University of the 3rd Age).
The moving Service of Remembrance was jointly
conducted by Father David Osbourne, Reverend Keith Bristow and Reverend
Nigel Manning, Chairman of Ash Parish Council led
the wreath laying ceremony. Followed by Michael Gove and represenatives
from the local uniformed organisations and members of U3A.
The North East Hampshire Area School Band provided
the accompanying music, with a bugler sounding the evocative Last
Post and Reveille. Once again, Tim Edwards, of the St. John Ambulance
Brigade efficiently marshalled the Parade.
Following the service, the parade returned to the
Ash Centre where the salute was taken by Councillor Manning and
Michael Gove as the various contingents marched past.
Before final dispersal, Councillor Manning thanked
all the individuals, groups and organizations that had contributed
towards and attended the event.
Tea and coffee were then served in the Ash Centre
by members of St. Peter’s Church.