Remembrance Season 2020

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In November the church engages in a number of acts of remembrance to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in conflict, and also a memorial service for relatives to remember before God loved ones who have died in recent years.

Remembrance Sunday Services

Government restrictions and the ongoing need to contain the spread of covid-19 have made it impossible to organise any of the traditional parades and ceremonies in Tameside this year. As usual, the Civic Mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough at Ashton War Memorial, and wreaths will also be laid in other parts of the borough. None of these will feature more than six guests – invited by the Mayor’s office in consultation with the Royal British Legion. 

Tameside Council appreciates some members of the public will want to lay wreaths at outdoor memorials, and they are able to do so but they are strongly urged to avoid 11am on either Remembrance Sunday (November 8) or Armistice Day (November 11). Instead, they are asked to find a time between November 8 and 11 to pay their respects quietly and while adhering to covid-19 social-distancing guidelines. The memorial in St. Michael's church will not be available for this purpose, but of course the memorial in Broadbottom will be.


There was NO public Act of Remembrance at St. Michael's, but wreaths have laid by specially invited guests, in a special on-line service led by Rev Cait.

A video of the service is now available - just click on the picture.




Annual Memorial Service

To comply with Coronavirus regulations from the Government and the Church of England, we were very sorry that we were not able to hold this service in 2020.

However, the names of those loved ones we have lost, including those whose funerals have taken place in the past year, have been read during a special time of remembrance. This act of remembrance has been recorded on video.

Click the picture to visit our Memorial Service webpage.