On the eve of the century of the First World War Armistice, Rubery is preparing to remember to fallen tomorrow (Sunday 11th November).

Remembrance week at St Chad’s Church

Last week, St Chad’s Church in New Road held its annual memorial service where the names of lost loved ones were read as part of prayers. The church is also hosting creative work produced by three community groups – the Rubery WI Craft Group, Rubery in Bloom and the Rubery Rocks Facebook page – in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

Talking about this season of remembrance, Rev’d Claire Turner said: “Grief touches all our lives – it is never easy to carry but we can support one another by bringing our loss before God in simple acts of remembrance.

The Rubery WI Poppy Fall | Photo Joe Ipe | Click to enlarge

“The Annual Memorial Service offers the chance for personal reflection and the services, events and poppy display around Remembrance Sunday, a chance to remember and give thanks as a community.”

Rubery Women’s Institute’s Poppy Fall

Member of Rubery WI craft group have created a beautiful blanket of poppies – a ‘Poppy Fall’ – which is displayed cascading from the church altar. The display is made up of hundreds of hand-made poppies.

Rubery in Bloom’s Poppy Patch

The church has also hosted members of Rubery in Bloom this week, to talk about their inspirational work creating a Poppy Patch on New Road. 

Rubery Rocks Remembers

Rubery Rocks display outside St Chad’s Church, Rubery

The Rubery Rocks Facebook Group invites people to place rocks painted with poppies or other symbols of remembrance next to the wooden cross outside St Chad’s. Members of the community can then collect stones on Remembrance Sunday and rehide them around Rubery. 

Tess Ensor, who runs the Rubery Rocks groups, said: “To remember our fallen heroes, Rubery Rocks are asking all members to decorate a rock and place it at St Chads Church.

“It would be amazing to see our younger generation remember our fallen heroes in time for Remembrance Sunday.”

Rubery’s Remembrance Sunday Schedule

9am Holy Communion including a short act of remembrance at St Chad’s Church.

10.15am Cadets & Band will form a parade outside Rubery Memorial Club to ready positions for the march down New Road following the service

10.25am Remembrance Service outside Rubery Memorial Club

10.50am Cadets & band reform parade

11.00am Last post & 2 minus silence

11.05am Names of the fallen will be read, wreaths placed and Act of Remembrance

11.10am Parade full forms and marches down New Road to St Chad’s Church




  1. What a disgrace for Rubery “Memorial hall” not to parade down to the church to join others in Rubery for the service!
    Can I remind the organisers. Every man that went to the great war went with a Bible. There where priests that supported our men with prayers and sevice to God.
    Remember Reverend Suddart Kennedy ( Woodbine willy) our own Bishop of Birmingham Bishop Wilion.
    These men took seriously their service to God and the Queen
    That’s why no matter what your belief or non. Out of simple RESPECT the parade should do what it’s done for a long time and that is to unite with the people Rubery in the service at St Chads then the Poppy laying at the “MEMORIAL HALL”


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