A minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil will form part of a day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first Covid lockdown and to remember those who have died in the pandemic.

There will be a minute’s silence at 12:00 noon with people encouraged to light up their doorsteps that night.   Prominent buildings and landmarks will also be illuminated across the UK.  Alongside the minute’s silence and doorstep vigil, the day will also see community-led activities take place, such as virtual assemblies, choirs, services and yellow ribbons being wrapped around trees.  It is hoped people will help create a nationwide “beacon of remembrance” on their doorsteps by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 20:00.

In remembrance, the Parish Council will be wrapping a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree along with messages written on yellow hearts by the children of St Andrews Church of England Primary School; the Reading Room will be illuminated in yellow with yellow hearts.  We are encouraging the community to take part in this day of national reflection and would like to see yellow hearts, ribbons or emblems throughout the village within residents own properties.

This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones, and who have not been able to pay tribute to them in the way they would have wanted.  It is important that we all come together to reflect on our collective loss, celebrate the lives of the special people no longer here, support those who’ve been bereaved and look towards a much brighter future.