Due to the COVID 19 virus epidemic our plans mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day were cancelled. However we did encourage the people of Chipping Norton to celebrate the day with parties in their gardens, a Vera Lynn sing-along and by producing and selling special Chippy bunting, which made nearly £700 to our Poppy Appeal. Our WW2 Veteran Peter Willers is pictured in front of it, below.

We also ran a competition for young people to produce VE Day artwork and bunting. Three winners received £2o Amazon vouchers. These were:

Georgie Clifton who painted this beautiful Spitfire

Some brilliant model making from Abbie Esson-Wyatt

Lovely bunting created by Ananya and Anushka Pednekar.



On the evening of 8th May a few of us, abiding by social distancing guidelines, laid a wreath at the War Memorial which looks splendid with the planting in bloom.

On Saturday 15th August we held our first public event since the COVID 19 Lockdown with a Service of Remembrance at the Town War Memorial to mark VJ Day 75. A good number of people turned out to honour those that served and died in the Far East theatre of the Second World War. The Chairman told the story of the two men on the memorial who died, Gunners Leslie Gilbert and Bernard Hiatt.


Wreathes were laid by the Mayor, Georgina Maziwer on behalf of the town and our Treasurer Maz Holland on behalf of the Legion.


The 2020 event at the National Arboretum was, as most things were, cancelled this year. However our own Chippy bikers were joined by High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Amanda Ponsonby to lay a wreath at our beautiful War Memorial.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions our activities were severely curtailed this year. However we did manage a Poppy Appeal of sorts, a recorded Remembrance Sunday church service and our normal Armistice Day Service.

The following pictures were taken by Colin Morris

We managed a stall outside the Co-op on the Wednesday before lockdown which was very successful.

An Act of Remembrance was held behind closed doors in St. Mary's Church featuring just 6 participants and lived streamed on the church's You Tube Channel. Afterwards the church opened and we were present to accept wreaths

Our Armistice Day service at the Town War Memorial was very well supported with about 60 people attending, all social distancing.