Monday, 15 August 2022

Children join forces for poppy project

CHILDREN at four primary schools in Henley are taking part in a community poppy project

CHILDREN at four primary schools in Henley are taking part in a community poppy project.

Badgemore, Scared Heart, Trinity and Valley Road primaries were asked to create remembrance poppy leaves.

On Wednesday the pupils will meet in Makins recreation ground when the leaves will be put together to make one giant poppy, which will be photographed from above by a drone.

The children will then be given a talk by a member of the Royal British Legion about the significance of the poppy. Members of the Henley Army Cadets will also be present.

The project was organised by the Gainsborough Residents? Association. Meanwhile, the Lest We Forget project will be holding an exhibition at Holy Trinity Church in Henley today (Friday) from 2pm to 6pm and tomorrow and next Saturday, November 14 from 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition will also be open for school visits by prior arrangement from Monday to Friday next week. A dedication service for Private Charles Edward Tidman will be held in the churchyard at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday). Pte Tidman, who was 28, died on September 27, 1917 from an illness after serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

He was buried on October 2, 1917 in the same grave as his younger brother James who had died in 1915, aged 16. James served with the Essex Regiment, enlisting on December 31, 1912, when he was only 14. He served for two years until he was discharged in March 1914 as he was no longer physically fit. He was suffering from tuberculosis when he died.

Relatives of the men will be travelling from other parts of the country for the service, which will be followed by a reception in the church to thank those who supported the Lest We Forget Project.

Stan Ainsley, secretary of the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion, has installed three displays around town to promote the Poppy Appeal. They are at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, the Santander bank in Duke Street and the library in King?s Road car park.

Meanwhile, a Benson woman who began knitting poppies to mark Armistice Day has sent hundreds around the country and raised more than £1,100.

Debbie Jackson, 43, who lives at RAF Benson with her husband Scott, 42, a chief technician, began making the crochet poppies in September and has already sold about 450. She said her inspiration came from visiting the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation at the Tower of London last year and driving past a field of poppies on her way to work.

Mrs Jackson said: ?I made one poppy and I put it on to Facebook and my friends said ?I?d buy one?. Since then I?ve posted them to York, Manchester, the Shetland Islands, London and Dover. I?ve been overwhelmed with the response.?

Mrs Jackson, an administrator with NHS England in Oxford, said one woman bought 70 poppies for her line dancing class.

She makes the poppies in a number of different styles, including one with white flowers.

?Initially I struggled ? it took maybe half an hour to 45 minutes to make one but now I can do them in about 15 to 20 minutes,? she said.

The suggested donation is £2 for a poppy collected in person or £2.50 delivered by mail. For more information, visit or email

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