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Project Poppies “Lest we forget”

The very last workshop held on Saturday the 6 October 2018 was extremely busy with everyone working hard in front of the BBC Television cameras. With the cameras there we made some poppies as well as painted them having borrowed some clay from the EP school. A mixture of regret that it was the last workshop and excitement that they will soon be able to see the final displays was evident throughout the workshop. A final group photograph was taken on the day.

The poppies will be set up towards the end of October with the finished display ready for 1st November. Poppies will be displayed at the All Saints Roman Catholic War Memorial and the War Memorial on the Village Green. Each of these poppies will carry a dog tag with the name of a soldier named on that War Memorial and have been made by the children at either a youth organisation or a workshop. Poppies will be fixed to the gates to the All Saints Parish Church which is also a War Memorial. The main display will be at the Methodist Church with poppies coming down from the roof of the extension onto the grass at the front. The displays will be in place until the 18th November. The Methodist Church will be open during this time from around 9.30am until 8pm. Inside there will be a display of some material from the DLI Museum, a nurse’s uniform and details of some of the soldiers on our War Memorial.

On Saturday 3rd November only, from 2-4pm at the Methodist Church, we will have a display of war medals, Dorothy Ann Hall will be present to help anyone who wishes to find out more details about any soldiers from the wars and Lillian Dixon will be on hand, playing some appropriate hymns and songs for anyone who would like to pop in and have a sing along.

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November at 7pm at the Methodist Church: a Festival of Remembrance with the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, the guest of Honour on the Thursday. These are ticket only events.

A book, “Lanchester Remembers” will be printed and available to purchase sometime during the display period. It will include details of the majority of soldiers on the War Memorial, photographs of some of the workshops and of the finished displays, together with details of the War Memorials.

We are selling the poppies when the display has finished and we have checked them all. A poppy costs only £5 and can be purchased anytime during the display for collection the second Saturday in January 2019. Poppies can still be purchased with a dog tag, with the name of someone you may want to remember but it will be too late to include the dog tag on one of the poppies outside the Methodist Church. Poppies with dog tags cost £10.

For further details contact, Eric Hepplewhite erichepplewhite@btinternet.com or -07969 808958  

All proceeds after costs will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Please click here to see the group photograph and picture gallery.