We were contacted back in February by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters who asked us if we would like to be part of a ‘secret venture’ to mark the centenary of Armistice Day which will raise money and awareness of the poppy fund. We knew the aim was to knit, crochet, sew 12,000 poppies that would be displayed somewhere in Hertford, but we did not know where.
We decided that through the Primary Phase Craft Club we could learn to cross stitch some poppies to add to the display. Mrs Oakenfull designed two poppy styles and the children cross stitched their chosen pattern onto the material. They all enjoyed the project and knowing that their poppy would be displayed somewhere locally as a remembrance to the fallen, made them feel very proud! In May, we handed over our poppies and have been waiting to see them in place ever since.
This week the school were invited to the Castle Gates for a remembrance service hosted by the Town Council. Children were selected to lay a poppy in remembrance, it was a great experience for some of the younger members of the school. “It feels very special to be here remembering the soldiers from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army” Lola.
We went to visit the castle while we were close to see if we could spot any of the Simon Balle poppies.
So far, the project has raised over £10,000. To see how the project has unfolded, please visit: https://youtu.be/AriXQF1JLMs