Join the Poppy Campaign

Archdeacon to the Army,the Ven. Peter Eagles, with poppies.

Archdeacon to the Army,the Ven. Peter Eagles, with poppies.

THE Diocese of Oxford is taking part in a special campaign to see a patch of poppies growing in every churchyard and every church school in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

We are taking part in the Royal British Legion (RBL) Centenary Poppy Campaign to see the UK awash with poppies for the centenary. RBL has teamed up with B&Q to produce special centenary packets of seed. Packs cost £2 with £1 in every purchase going as a charitable donation to the RBL, to help support the work the Legion does with the armed forces community.

A packet of seeds will be sent free of charge to every church school and every incumbent at the end of March, with guidelines on how and where to plant them. There will be suggestions of resources to use to help bring the project alive for schools and churches alike.

Fiona Craig, Deputy Director of Education for the Diocese of Oxford welcomed the project. She said: “It is so important that we help children to understand the significance of the First World War and the bravery of those who died fighting. Planting and watching poppies grow is a memorable way of marking this centenary for youngsters in our Church schools.”

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