Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Poppy Appeal to give out seeds in Great War commemoration

ORGANISERS of this year’s Henley Poppy Appeal will be offering seeds for people to plant in commemoration of the First

ORGANISERS of this year’s Henley Poppy Appeal will be offering seeds for people to plant in commemoration of the First World War.

People will be able to buy the poppy seeds as well as a traditional poppy, enamel pins and other products from collectors.

Appeal organiser Shirley Lees said: “It is the centenary of the First World War next August and we hope people will plant the seeds so we can have the town blooming with poppies next year.”

The seeds, which are part of a national initiative, are sponsored by Toad Hall garden centre, the Aliquando choir and Legion branches.

The appeal will be launched by musician Sam Brown for the second year running.

She will perform with her group, the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common, in Market Place on November 2 from 10am to 1pm.

Brown, who lives in Sonning Common, said: “It went so well last year and everyone enjoyed it.

“There are lots more people who want to play this year. We will play mostly old-fashioned songs but it will be something to cheer everyone up on a chilly winter morning. We really want to raise awareness of the appeal and let everyone know it’s that time of year again.”

House-to-house and static collections will begin that day and will run until November 10. Street collections will take place on November 9 and 10.

Other fund-raising events include a Second World War fancy dress party at the town hall on November 8. The Sound Force Big Band will perform and there will be a special guest performance by singer Maria von Hackemann.

Tickets cost £25 each, which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be tables for eight or 10 people.

The annual Remembrance Sunday parade will take place on November 10, starting in Greys Road car park at 10.20pm. The parade marshal will again be Major Paul Smyth, of the Territorial Army.

There will be 20 chairs outside the town hall for those who want to watch the parade but find standing difficult.

A ceremony for Armistice Day on November 11 will be held at the town hall, beginning at 10.55am. The Poppy Appeal is one of four charities benefiting from this year’s Living Advent Calendar, which runs from December 1 to Christmas Eve.

For more information, call Mrs Lees on 07775 893148 or email poppy@leeshenley.co.uk

Meanwhile, more than 60 members of the Caversham branch of the Royal British Legion will be attending a Trafalgar dinner at Reading Golf Club on Monday and the branch will hold its annual “men only” armistice lunch at the Grosvenor in Kidmore Road, Caversham, on November 8.

The Shiplake and Dunsden branch will hold its annual supper in the great hall at Shiplake College from 7.30pm next Friday (October 25). Tickets are £20 and are available from secretary Rosemary Jones on 0118 948 1517.

The Watlington branch will be carol singing at the memorial hall on November 9 at 8pm.

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