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Published on June 12th, 2014 | by Rosie

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School forced from sowing poppies, to sewing poppies

This year, people around the globe will commemorate the centenary of The First World War;  hours, days, weeks and many months of preparation have gone into remembering “The Great War”, all over the world.

Pupils, parents and teachers at Manorfield Primary School in Leicester began planning their remembrance ideas in March this year, deciding to plant an incredible 250,000 poppy seeds, to grow in time to hold a special service.

Disastrously,  three weeks before the service, an unfortunate mishap with a lawnmower took place: the plot where the poppy seeds had been sown, was accidentally mowed over.

With their plans ruined, the school’s PTA asked the local community to create poppies to donate to the school, and the response was overwhelming!  Over 3,500 knitted, crocheted, felted, laminated and paper poppies were given to the school.

“Nobody knew it would be as successful as it became. It has been amazing, heart-warming and uplifting to see the whole school and local community coming together”, said acting headteacher Felicity Clarke, to the Leicester Mercury.

This week, the school’s service to commemorate The Great War took place amongst the hand-crafted poppies in the school’s remembrance garden.

As a wonderful tribute to the two world wars and the goodwill of their community, the poppies donated to the school will be made into bunting, which will be brought out annually for Remembrance Day.

manorfield primary poppies wall

All across the UK, many individuals, groups and councils have arranged workshops, activities, lectures, concerts and exhibitions to commemorate The Great War.

Large corporations have also played a huge part; the BBC have organised an array of family friendly, hands-on and interactive events which are taking place across Britain between May and September.

Follow the link to read more about  The WW1 At Home Live events, and you can view millions of pieces of paraphernalia documenting the Great War at  The National Archives.

You can also find some more information about other campaigns and links to activities through a previous blog of mine Knit for Britain from Above.


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loves changing her hair colour, buttons and the rain. As a relatively new knitter with an Interior Design background, she loves to make cushion covers using chunky yarn. Especially colourful ones.


Last updated: June 12th, 2014.

One Response to School forced from sowing poppies, to sewing poppies

  1. Anne Swanson says:

    It’s wonderful that WWI is still commemorated in England, as it is hardly even mentioned in the USA. Nobody left who was in it, though it was still The Great War. My grandfather was in it, although I didn’t know him, and I’ve read some about it but it’s hardly even mentioned in recent history books. It’s a shame, and I don’t understand it. I’m glad it’s still remembered in England and Europe, as it should be.

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