Chippenham Royal British Legion is expecting a large turnout for the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday.
Among those who will be taking part will be soldiers from 9 Logistics Corps at Hullavington before they deploy to Afghanistan.
The day gets under way with a service at St Andrew’s Church in the Market Place at 10am led by the vicar, Canon Simon Tatton-Brown.
Following that everyone will assemble at the war memorial across the road for a two-minute silence at 11am, after which wreaths will be laid.
The parade will then be led through the town by the combined Sea Cadets and Air Cadets band.
Outside the town council offices the salute will be taken by mayor Andy Phillips and Lt Colonel Suzie Donoghue, commanding officer of 9 Logistics Corps.
The parade will continue down High Street to Bath Road.
Those taking part will include members of the Royal British Legion, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Scouts.
Irene Sinclair, chairman of Chippenham Royal British Legion, said: “We think more than 200 people will take part in the parade this year. “It will be a big parade. We are privileged to have serving soldiers based near Chippenham who take part in the parade.
“We also get a lot of members of the public who stand in the Market Place and either side of the High Street to watch.”
Parade marshal Dean Lucas will judge the best dressed cadet who will be given a cup and shield.
Calne’s remembrance parade will include members of the armed forces and veterans, councillors, Cubs and Brownies.
It will start at 9.30am by the side of the post office in Phelps Parade and continue to St Mary’s in Church Street for a 10am service.
Representatives from the armed forces and civil dignitaries will stand on a dais outside the library to give the royal salute as the march goes past.
There will be a two-minute silence outside St Mary’s Church at 11am by the war memorial followed by the laying of the wreaths. The procession will end at Patford Street and the Calne Town Band will play.
Stuart King, vice chairman of Calne British Legion, said it was a special year because a lot of branches were celebrating their 90th birthday.
He said: “There are usually a few hundred in the church. It’s usually full to capacity and we have around 400-plus for the laying of the wreaths.”
At Corsham, the parade will begin at 10.25am from Newlands Road car park which will arrive at St Bartholomew’s Church at 10.30am, with a service being held at 10.50am.
This will end at 11.30am with the parade then heading to the town’s war memorial where wreaths will be laid and a service will be held at 11.50am.
The parade will set off again at 12.10pm, taking the salute, with the procession heading to the Corsham Branch of The Royal British Legion, in Newlands Road, at 12.20pm.
Villagers will be holding a united service at Box’s war memorial at the junction of Bath Road and the A365 at 10.45am on Sunday.
Representatives from the parish council, youth groups, village societies as well as members of the 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), based at Colerne’s Azimghur Barracks, will be present.
There will be a short service followed by a parade.
Malmesbury Abbey will host a Poppy Concert by Wroughton Silver Band tonight in aid of the Royal British Legion at 7pm. There is also a field of remembrance set up outside the abbey.
On Remembrance Sunday, the first service in Malmesbury will take place at the Memorial Gates at 10am, followed by a small parade with Scouts and a serving officer from the army in Crudwell at 10.50am.
Then at 2.20pm there will be a procession lead by the wardens and freemen from the town hall, followed by town councillors. Members of the Royal Logistic Corps from Buckley Barracks will also join them to attend the service in Malmesbury Abbey at 2.30pm.
Ian McKay of the Royal British Legion said: “Malmesbury is a very generous area and people do still contribute in these hard times.
“British Legion membership has gone down but the collecting and tickets for the concert raises a lot of money. We are very grateful.”
An act of remembrance will take place at the war memorial in Royal Wootton Bassett High Street on Sunday at 11am.
The Royal British Legion annual afternoon service of Remembrance will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church at 2.45pm. The service will be preceded and followed by a parade of veterans and uniformed organisations, led by Pegasus Band.
Weather permitting, the parade will leave from The Lawns, near Ridgeway House, at approximately 2.10pm, to process through the High Street and will pause at the war memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.
At the church service, a reading will be given by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Lord Lansdowne, who will be joined by the mayor Coun Mike Leighfield, at the saluting base near the war memorial, as the parade returns along the High Street.
On Saturday, in the tower of St Bartholomew’s Church, a band of bell ringers from the Salisbury Guild will attempt to ring a half-muffed peal of Stedman Triples, starting at 10am and lasting for around three hours.
This peal, if successful, will be dedicated in remembrance of all who lost their lives in wars.
- Church services in the area Box:
Service at war memorial, 10.45am.
Brinkworth: St Michael’s and All Angels, 10.30am.
Broad Town: Act of Remembrance, Christ Church, 10.55am.
Brokenborough: St John the Baptist Church, 10.30am.
Bromham: St Nicholas Church at 3pm followed by parade to the war memorial to lay wreaths.
Calne: Parade to assemble in Phelps Parade, 9.30am. Service at St Mary’s, 10am. Two minutes silence outside the church at 11am followed by wreath laying.
Calstone: St Mary’s Church, 9.45am, a remembrance service conducted by the Very Rev Brian Horlock.
Cherhill: St James the Great, 9.30am, a remembrance day parade service conducted by Rev Phillip Bromiley.
Chippenham: Service at St Andrew’s, 10am. Two minutes silence at the war memorial at 11am with weath laying afterwards.
Service at St Paul’s Church, 6.30pm.
Clyffe Pypard: Said Communion and Act of Remembrance, St Peter’s Church, 7.45am.
Compton Bassett: St Swithin’s Church, 10am, a remembrance day service conducted by Mrs Pam Evans.
Corsham: Parade will begin at 10.25am from Newlands Road car park. Service at St Bartholomew’s Church at 10.50am. After the service wreaths will be laid at the war memorial and a service will be held at 11.50am.
Crudwell: Parade, All Saints Church Gate, 10.50am.
Devizes: Parade will form up in the Market Place at 10.30am before marching to St John’s Church for the service following which there will be the laying of wreaths at the war memorial and a marchpast.
Heddington: St Andrew’s Church, 11.15pm, service conducted by Rev Philip Bromiley. Soldier Sam Mackie will also attend to thank members of the congregation for sending him food parcels while he was in Afghanistan.
Hilmarton: Act of Remembrance, St Laurence’s Church, 9am.
Lyneham: St Michael’s Church, 10.45am. The service will be conducted by Rev Richard Felby- Boothroyd and Guides and Brownies will attend. Call (01793) 852935.
Malmesbury: Service at the Memorial Gates at 10am. Malmesbury Abbey, 2pm for 2.30pm.
Marlborough: Parade 10.30am from the High Street to the war memorial for 11am silence, followed by service at St Mary’s.
Potterne: Ceremony at war memorial at 10.50am followed by service in St Mary’s Church.
Royal Wootton Bassett: Act of Remembrance at war memorial, 11am. Service at St Bartholomew’s Church, 2.45pm.
Seend: Parade and wreath laying at the war memorial followed by a remembrance service in the Church of the Holy Cross. Parade 10.45am, service 10.55am.
Sherston: Service at 10.30am in the Church of the Holy Cross.
Tockenham: Act of Remembrance at war memorial, Tockenham Corner, 10am.
Yatesbury: The Church of All Saints, 10.45am, a remembrance day service conducted by Mr John Humphries.