For many years and up to 2017 traffic control and road closures were managed by the Police which enabled Royal British Legion (Regional branches) to organise and undertake a public parade through their towns and villages in an act of remembrance and respect with the laying of wreaths at their War Memorials.
Unfortunately, due to costs and budget cuts the Police withdrew this service on Remembrance Sundays locally.
Soham Town Council has always supported the activities of its local (Soham) Branch. Soham Town Council therefore has paid the costs associated with the temporary traffic management orders (TTMO’s) for private Contractors to close the roads in Soham to enable the road Parade to carry on. Soham British Legion members acted as its volunteers for this particular element of the days’ events. Once at St Andrews gates the Branch (under its National Executive’s own Public Insurances) became responsible for the elements of the church service and also any afternoon refreshments provided by its own helpers and volunteers.
For health and Safety reasons the route and road closures requires a minimum of ten (10) ideally twelve (12) volunteer Marshalls to be in attendance on the day. Currently there are no members of the public who are available and wish to volunteers for these Duties. Soham Town Council would welcome residents who wish to be trained to undertake this annual community activity as well as others such as festive lights installation. For more details about volunteering please click here.
Soham Town Council is pleased to support the RBL Soham Branch. The Soham Mayor/Chair of Soham Town Council, is an invited guest and will lay a wreath for and on behalf of Soham Residents.