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Project Poppies “Lest we forget”

14th Lanchester Boys’ Brigade in conjunction with Croft View Halls and other organisations and enthusiastic community members, is aiming to produce over 2,500 poppies and display them on the lawns in front and up the side of Lanchester Methodist Church at the end of October and during part of 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 from air dried clay, gloss painted red and be around five inches in diameter.


Poppies will be displayed at the three war memorials in the village. We will place a poppy for every solider that is remembered at the war memorial on the village green, at the war memorial and they will have a dog tag with the name of that solider on it. The same will be done at the War memorial by the All Saints RC Church. It is hoped that these poppies will have been made by some of the children from the different organisations in the village or who have attended a poppy workshop. The gates leading to the Church of England is also a war memorial and we will fix poppies to these gates.


We are personalising some of the poppies with a dog tag showing the name of a fallen soldier from any war or indeed with a name of someone that you may just want to remember. A charge of £10 would be made for these personalised poppies, they will be a part of the display and at the end of November 2018 you get to keep that poppy together with the tag and a commemorative certificate. We accept requests for these personalised poppies from anyone anywhere in the world and have already received a request from Canada. Normal poppies without a dog tag will be sold after the display has been dismantled for £5 plus £2.50 p & p (if required). All money raised after costs will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


This display will be in Lanchester but it has encompassed the whole region, with people from the surrounding villages taking part, making and painting poppies on a regular basis.


We are learning more about those from the village who made the ultimate sacrifice and we hope to print a booklet once the display has finished with all this information, including details and photographs of the display.


The project was first mentioned at the Boys Brigade in July 2016 and has now grown into a community event. We have a workshop every other month and so far after 6 workshops and several visits to different organisations including, WI, Sunday School, Guides, Monday Art Class, Wednesday Art Class, Thursday Club, Wives and Friends, Sewing class and Craft class we have made over 1,700 poppies with 1,400 completed and over 300 awaiting painting.


We are willing to visit any organisation that would like to be involved to either make or paint poppies or both and are looking forward to visiting the All Saints RC Junior school twice in November 2017.


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


If you want further information please contact Eric Hepplewhite at erichepplewhite@btinternet.com or 07969 808958 or 01207 521323


LEST WE FORGET