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Garden of Remembrance in Towcester

Author: Sue Hamilton Published: 3rd November 2018 09:07

Garden of Remembrance in TowcesterGarden of Remembrance in Towcester

The community of Towcester came together for the Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance at the beginning of the Royal British Legion’s 2018 Poppy Appeal on Saturday 27th October 2018, where the Garden was adorned by a stunning art instillation. This was designed to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice of the First World War.
 
Towcester Evening WI’s Gardening Team, along with some willing helpers, had redesigned and planted the Garden of Remembrance at St Lawrence Church in preparation for this event and the three Towcester Schools provided the art work and larger poppies.
 
There was a huge response from the rest of the community in providing poppies of various sizes and in different mediums.  Numerous local organisations took part – from Nursery children, scouting and guiding groups to residents of care homes. 

he WI members then created the Poppy Cascade out of all the beautiful poppies that had been submitted and were helped by a serving soldier to construct the installation.
 
The WI team was inundated with so many poppies that they were also able to decorate the interior of St Lawrence Church.  This was further enhanced by the work of local artist, Val Goldfinch, and 10 Silhouettes from the “There but Not There” charity.
 
The poppies in the church will remain on display until November 27th 2018 and the Poppy Cascade until the end of the year.  St Lawrence Church is open every day from 9.30am - 5pm and it is hoped that many residents and visitors will come and view these magnificent displays.
 
The Royal British Legion, St Lawrence Church, Towcester Evening WI and the School of Life led this project but it is the residents of Towcester who should be really proud of what they have achieved for this season of Remembrance. WW1 affected every family in our country and Towcester was no exception - out of 247 men who left Towcester to fight in the war, 65 are named on Towcester War Memorial as not returning to their families.
 
As Towcester is ever expanding it has been good to see our community coming together to mark such an important part of our heritage.
 
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