WWI CENTENARY POPPY PROJECT
Since January 2017, school librarian Mrs Sue Burns-Price, parent volunteer Mrs Melanie Martin, and a small team of students have been making - and organising others to make - poppies for the school’s ‘Poppy Project’. The aim has been for each member of the school community to handmake a poppy to mark the centenary of the ending of World War One this November. This will amount to over 1,000 poppies.
Each poppy is mounted onto a template based on the shape and style of the headstones used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Marbled paper has been used to resemble Portland stone.
The project is now nearing completion and the first wooden display stand has been made. There will be ten stands in total, each holding up to 120 poppies.
Here is a list of events the poppy display will be used for during 2018:
Thursday 2 August 2018
Honiton Agricultural Show
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October 2018
St Andrew’s Church, Colyton - as part of the WWI Centenary display by Colyton Parish History Society
Friday 2 November 2018
Used in school for WWI history-related workshops with visiting primary school children
Friday 9 November 2018
Used as part of the school’s Remembrance assembly
Saturday 10 November
Colyford Village Hall – as part of ‘Axe Valley Remembers’ an evening of Remembrance
Axmouth Church – as part of a Remembrance-themed Christmas tree festival
The poppies will be auctioned to raise funds for the Royal British Legion
Team photo: Parent volunteer Mrs Melanie Martin and some of the poppy project team – Year 7s Beth M, Annie H & Darcy C-R