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Leader's blog- 9 November 2022

Published: Wednesday, 9 November, 2022

"Alongside my red poppy to remember those who gave their lives for freedom, I always wear a white poppy on Remembrance Day as a reminder of the importance of working for peace.

The need for peace in Ukraine will of course be in our thoughts this year.  Over 250 Ukrainians are now living in Stroud district, thanks to the generosity of local people who have opened their homes to refugee families. The county-wide organisation GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) has been pivotal in supporting resettlement of refugees from Ukraine as well other countries, in partnership with the district and county councils. Remembrance Day can also be a moment to remember people in all countries affected by war and persecution today, and to extend a warm welcome to those seeking sanctuary.

On Friday 11th November I will be at Stroud Station to meet the Great Western Railway “Poppies to Paddington” train, to send a wreath to the war memorial at the London station from Stroud district. The Poppy Train was first organised during the Covid lockdowns, and this year will have an additional focus on South Atlantic veterans, given the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.  On Remembrance Sunday, I’ll be attending the commemorations in Wotton, which are always moving and well attended, with the participation of the Silver Band. 

On 20th November applications close for a new task force which is seeking to commemorate people from Stroud district through a community project with a focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion.  We’re looking to recruit people who have an interest in these issues and if possible, with experience of being active in community groups and/or an interest in the history of the Stroud district. Please do consider whether you, or anyone you know, may like to apply. Details are here."

Cllr Catherine Braun

Leader, Stroud District Council


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