Help create a poppy carpet around war memorial

Greatham War Memorial surrounded by sandbags and poppy wreaths
Greatham War Memorial surrounded by sandbags and poppy wreaths

ORGANISERS of a community scheme in Greatham are appealing for people to buy an extra poppy this year for a special display.

Greatham In Bloom intend to plant the poppies in sandbags that have been placed around the village war memorial in recognition of the start of the First World War.

Organisers say it is also their nod to the sea of thousands of ceramic poppies that have covered the Tower of London.

The war memorial plans come after a successful commemoration event in August when the village came together to remember the start of the conflict in 1914.

Many people gathered around the war memorial at St John the Baptist Church where Greatham In Bloom volunteers carried out planting.

Brian Walker, of the bloom committee, said: “Following on from our very successful World War One commemoration event on the August 4 which was organised by Greatham in Bloom and included a special planting scheme around the war memorial we have decided to keep the planting scheme going until after Remembrance Day on November 9.

“To make this even more of a tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedoms and those who continue to protect us by serving in the armed forces we are asking people in Greatham to buy an extra poppy this year and post them into the post box at the community centre.

“In time for the service at the village memorial on Remembrance Day we will ‘plant’ these into the sandbags that form the base for the display around the war memorial.

“It will be our humble reflection of the display at the Tower of London.”

Greatham In Bloom is also working on a commemorative booklet about the village’s First World War soldiers who named on the war memorial.

They will be delivered to every house in Greatham and follow a similar project several years ago for the Second World War.