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PRESS STATEMENT - 19th October 2018

Bridgend Town Council proud to take on organisation of Remembrance Parades

Bridgend Town Council is proud to announce that it has agreed to take on the responsibility for organising Remembrance events in Bridgend Town Centre for 2018 and future years.

Further to recent press attention regarding the Remembrance Parade in Bridgend for 2018, concerns were raised by Royal British Legion Headquarters regarding accountability for the organisation of Remembrance Parades. It was clarified that RBL Bridgend Branch cannot continue to take responsibility for organising the event.

The Chair of RBL Bridgend Branch, Mr John Harris, resigned from his position within RBL with immediate effect but remained a co-opted Member of Bridgend Town Council as Military Advisor to the Council.

Members of Bridgend Town Council were concerned about the future of Remembrance events in Bridgend and therefore called an Extra-Ordinary meeting of its Community Engagement and Well-being Committee on Friday 5th October 2018 and an Extra-Ordinary meeting of full Council on Tuesday 9th October 2018 to discuss this matter.

At these meetings, Councillors were provided with information about the arrangements for Remembrance events in Bridgend in previous years and carefully considered the reasons for the proposal to limit the age of children in non-military youth groups to school year seven and above for the Remembrance Parade on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Bridgend Town Council is keen to safeguard Remembrance events in Bridgend Town Centre for 2018 and has agreed to take on the organisation of the Remembrance Parade and Service in Bridgend Town Centre on Sunday 11th November 2018 and to organise a Children and Family Remembrance Parade and Service on Saturday 10th November 2018.

The Remembrance Parade and Service in Bridgend Town Centre has grown dramatically in recent years; both in numbers participating in the parade and the number of spectators. It is estimated that last year approximately 500 people participated in the parade and there were around 2,500 spectators. This situation is of growing concern due to the logistics of safely accommodating such a large number of people around the War Memorial which is situated in a confined area of the Town.

Last year bad weather conditions contributed to these concerns. Some young children participating in the parade in youth groups became distressed and were taken ill. A number of children were treated by St John Ambulance for early onset hypothermia. These children were squeezed into a heavily congested area with their youth groups and were not with family members.

Due to these well-founded concerns regarding the safety and welfare of young children, Bridgend Town Council has supported the decision initially taken by the RBL Bridgend Branch, to limit the age of children parading in non-military Youth Groups to children of school year seven and above at the Remembrance parade on Sunday 11th November.

Bridgend Town Council would like to clarify that young children are not banned from attending the event and are very welcome to attend to watch the parade with their families.

Furthermore, in an effort to manage the numbers of people participating in the parade, Bridgend Town Council has agreed to limit the number of participants within each non-military youth group to 12 plus 2 reserves plus a minimum of 3 leaders.

The Children & Family Parade and Service on Saturday 10th November 2018 will begin at 10:20am and is tailored to provide an opportunity for primary school aged children to learn about the importance of Remembrance. Children will actively participate in the event by parading along Wyndham Street to the War Memorial in Dunraven Place and will receive a Remembrance Service from Reverend Rachel Wheeler. The event will also provide an opportunity for children to plant crosses at the War Memorial in memory of the people from Bridgend who lost their lives in World War I.

Formal invitations for the Children & Family Remembrance Parade and Service will be sent to the leaders of youth groups, schools and the Youth Mayor. Bridgend Town Council also wishes to invite the general public to support this event.

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Bridgend Town Council has also invited the Mayors of Bridgend’s Twin Towns of Villenave d’Ornon, Langenau and Hechtel-Eksel to attend the Remembrance events. The Mayor of Langenau has accepted the Council’s invitation and will lay a wreath at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

On Sunday 11th November the Remembrance Parade will form up outside the Civic Offices in Angel Street, Bridgend at 10.20am for a 10.35am step-off, and the service will take place at the War Memorial at approximately 10.50am. Arrangements have been made to read out the names of the people listed on the War Memorial that died during World War I during the Remembrance Service.

Bridgend Town Council will be holding a number of Remembrance events in Bridgend Town Centre during November 2018. A  Remembrance Exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will take place at Carnegie House Arts Centre between 6th to 11th November and a Remembrance Cafe will be held at Carnegie House Arts Centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November. 100% of the donations from the Remembrance Cafe will be given to The Royal British Legion. Further details are available on the website: http://www.carnegiehouse.co.uk/events/remembrance-exhibition/

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BRIDGEND TOWN COUNCIL

Our Responsibilities

  • Carnegie House Arts and Culture Hub
  • Outdoor tasks around Bridgend Town Centre
  • Administering the Evergreen Hall in Angel Street
  • Making charitable donations
  • Town Twinning with towns in Germany and France
  • Supporting and financing the annual Cenotaph Service and Armed Forces Day
  • Administering five allotment sites (125 plots)
  • Maintaining all registered footpaths within the Town Council area
  • Supplying street furniture to support BCBC
  • Organising Community Skip Schemes to assist in the removal of bulky refuse
  • Arranging summer floral displays and numerous small landscaping projects in the Bridgend Town
  • Controlling dog fouling with 25 bins throughout the area
  • Supporting children’s Play Schemes and equipment upgrades in play areas
  • Responsibility for providing all the Christmas Illuminations in Bridgend Town
  • Support for various annual street festivals
  • Giving 50% of the funding to Bridgend’s Shopmobility Scheme
  • Providing funding for additional street cleansing and gum removal
  • Providing additional winter grit bins
  • Custody of the War Memorial, Randall Memorial, Ruhamah Burial Ground and other features in Town
  • Commenting on any Planning Proposals within the Town Council Area

The Town Council is consulted by the County Borough Council regarding all matters within the Town Council area, in particular; planning applications. Members of the council sit on numerous charitable committees and various School Governing Bodies.

The Council’s affairs are administered by an appointed Town Clerk, with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected by the town councillors each year.

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Unfortunately, the article that has appeared in the press is factually incorrect. The decision was a recommendation from the Chair of Bridgend Branch, Royal British Legion and was not made by Bridgend

Town Council.
Bridgend Town Council was informed of this decision at a meeting of the Military Advisory Committee on 17th January 2018. This is documented in the minutes of the meeting.
Over the past few years the parade has grown substantially in numbers. The Remembrance Service is held around the town war memorial, which is located in a confined area due to the layout of the town. Last year, there were approximately 500 individuals in the parade along with around 2000 spectators. These numbers are growing year on year.
In order to get all of the individuals participating in the parade near to the war memorial, attendees are having to stand in a heavily congested area. This is becoming increasingly unsafe.
Following a review of the 2017 parade, the Bridgend Branch of the Royal British Legion took the decision to change the format of this year’s event due to concerns regarding the welfare and safety of young children. In 2017, a number of young children became very distressed due the congestion and length of the march and service. This was further exasperated by adverse weather conditions. Last year a number of young children had to be taken out of the parade to be with a family member and some needed medical attention from St John’s Ambulance Service.
This year, youth groups above secondary school age have been invited to participate in the Sunday Remembrance Parade and children in younger youth groups are invited to actively participate in a shorter family service to be held on Saturday 10th November. The Saturday service will be specifically tailored for younger children to actively commemorate this important anniversary with their families in a safe environment. Young children will participate in a shorter parade, memorial service and will lay crosses and wreaths at the war memorial.
Younger children are not banned from attending the Sunday Remembrance Parade but will not be asked to
participate in the parade. This new format addresses concerns for the most vulnerable individuals in the parade and aims to make the event safer for everyone.
Further enquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Bridgend Branch of the Royal British Legion.