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Parish plants poppies for WW1

Date: 30 April 2014
LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN planted poppies at St Mark's in the parish of Hale with Badshot Lea this morning as part of commemorations for the centenary of the First World War.

Children in year one at Folly Hill Infant School planted hundreds of poppy seeds under the guidance of the Revd Lesley Crawley at St Mark’s in the hope that they will bloom in time for the centenary on August 4.

The Revd Lesley Crawley said: “We have a good relationship with the schools in the area. I am regularly invited to take assemblies and the children also come to us for a tour of the church, including the chance to ring the bell!

“I thought that dedicating an area of the church grounds for poppy planting would be a simple way for the children to remember the First World War.

“Many of the children are from the village and by having the seeds planted at the church they can easily come along and see how their poppies are growing throughout the school holidays."

The poppy planting helps to support the Royal British Legion (RBL) appeal to see the country awash with poppies.

Purchasing fundraising poppy seed packs and planting them in your churchyard or local school garden during the spring should mean they flower in time for the national commemoration day on Monday August 4.

Lesley added: “The inspiration for the poppy planting came from an exciting meeting at the Education Centre in which I felt encouraged to show that the church remains at the centre of our community.”

Whilst the children enjoyed the chance to be out in the sunshine during school hours, they also knew why they were there. One said: “We are planting the poppies to remember the people who died and their families” and another added: “there were lots of poppies in the battlefields after the war.”

Visit our World War One page to find out more about how you can mark the centenary year. For any poppy planting events, share and join in on Twitter using the hashtag #poppyplanting.

See photos from the day on our Flickr account below:

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