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Poppy planting across the Diocese

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On Thursday 1st May, the School Council of Shinfield CE School planted poppy seeds to remind us about the First World War and to take part in the Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign. Ryan Robinson read a moving poem and Chris Lesley from St Mary’s Church, read us a beautiful prayer. We planted poppy seeds around the tree in front of the entrance of our school. We will also plant some in the new Eco area and look forward to watching our poppies grow.

On Thursday 1st May, the School Council of Shinfield CE School planted poppy seeds to remind us about the First World War and to take part in the Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign. Ryan Robinson read a moving poem and Chris Lesley from St Mary’s Church, read us a beautiful prayer. We planted poppy seeds around the tree in front of the entrance of our school. We will also plant some in the new Eco area and look forward to watching our poppies grow.

Across the Diocese of Oxford churches and schools have been planting poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. Below are some photos. 

The Bishop of Oxford, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, sent a packet of poppy seeds to all clergy (as well as the all Church schools) and requested that they be planted on May 1st such that ‘the UK is awash with poppies for the centenary of the First World War’.

The Revd Paul Bradish, Rector of Dunsden, Philip Chaimbault, Churchwarden and Linda Glithro, Treasurer of the Dunsden Owen Association.

The Revd Paul Bradish, REctor of Dunsden, Philip Chaimbault, Churchwarden and Linda Glithro, Treasurer of the Dunsden Owen Association.

The poppy seeds given to the Parish of Shiplake with Dunsden and Harpsden cum Bolney were planted on 1st May at All Saints, Dunsden around the graves of Tom and Susan Owen, the parents of the WWI poet, Wilfred Owen.hanboroughforweb

The photo shows the Reverend Paul Bradish, Rector of the Parish, Philip Chaimbault, Churchwarden at All Saints’ Church, Dunsden and Linda Glithro, Treasurer of the Dunsden Owen Association.

Members of the church and the local community have formed the Dunsden Association to celebrate the life and work of the First World War poet, Wilfred Owen who lived in the village of Dunsden, South Oxfordshire from 1911-13. To find out more about the events planned, visit the Dunsden Owen Association

Children from Freeland CE School plant poppies.

Children from Freeland CE School plant poppies.

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Toddlers plant poppies at St John the Baptist, Bodicote.

Toddlers plant poppies at St John the Baptist, Bodicote.

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MP for Amersham and Chesham, The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham, plants seeds at St George’s Infant School, Amersham.

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop John blesses poppy seeds before they are planted at St Mary and St Giles CE School, Stony Stratford.

Bishop John blesses poppy seeds before they are planted at St Mary and St Giles CE School, Stony Stratford.

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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.”