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Project Poppies “Lest we  forget”

14th Lanchester Boys’ Brigade in conjunction with Croft View Halls and other organisations is aiming to produce over 2,500 poppies and display them on the lawns in front and up the side of Lanchester Methodist Church during October and November 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. This will be similar to the poppies around the moat at the Tower of London but on a much smaller scale. The poppies will all be individually made of air dry clay, gloss painted red and be around 5” in diameter.

We intend to personalise some of the poppies with a dog tag showing the name of a fallen solider from any war or indeed with a name that someone may just want to remember. A charge of £10 will be made for these poppies, they will form part of the display and at the end of November 2018 the person who ordered the poppy will get to keep it together with the tag and a certificate confirming it has been part of the display.

This may be an event for Lanchester but it has already received help and requests for personalised poppies from outside the area. We are happy to receive requests for these personalised poppies from anyone anywhere in the world.

We are having workdays every two months when everyone interested can come and participate in the project either making or painting poppies or just to see what it is all about.

Several organisations are already involved including, the WI, all three churches in the village, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, St Bede’s school, Croft Court residents, Sewing Bees, Wednesday sewing group, Methodist Sunday school, Boys’ Brigade and many very enthusiastic residents who all want to be part of this project.

We are four months into the project and have so far made over 400 poppies of which half are complete and in storage and the other half are awaiting painting.

Please see Facebook feed on the right for next workshop dates.

If you require any further details please contact Eric Hepplewhite 01207 521323, mobile 07969 808958 or erichepplewhite@btinternet.com