Outdoor Poppies from the Poppy Plea

Back in the summer we were contacted by Scout Leaders involved in the big NORJAM event.  One of the activities the Scouts could take part in was poppy making – they recycled their drink bottles into wonderful outdoor poppies. After NORJAM they kindly donated the poppies to our appeal – these have been distributed to some of the county’s library gardens and we have just been sent these images.

The garden at Yarmouth has also has just won a Gold Award and been named the overall winner in the community group for the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Bloom, 2018.  We are very pleased that they’ve found room for our poppies in their award winning grounds.

NORJAM poppies in Martham Library garden

 

NORJAM poppies in Great Yarmouth Community Garden

 

NORJAM poppies in Great Yarmouth Community Garden

 

NORJAM poppies in Great Yarmouth Community Garden

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Poppies from Yarmouth

A few weeks ago we were asked if we had time to meet some special visitors from Great Yarmouth at the Millennium Library in Norwich as they had some poppies to pass on for our poppy project.

When the group arrived we found it was more than a ‘few’ poppies as in fact the Age Connected ‘knit and knatter’ group at the ACORN Centre in Yarmouth handed over a staggering 1011 poppies!

Margaret Rice and some of her fellow knitters came to the city to hand the sackful of poppies over in person and in particular pointed out the 3 very special ones which Margaret knitted with glitter in memory of her three uncles Arthur Williams Goldstink, Charles Samuel Goldstink and Herbert James Goldstink who died during this time.

What made this day more special was that Margaret  has not been in the city for almost 40 years!

(L-R) Sarah Salmon, Norfolk Libraries; Sarah Lee, Age Connected; knitters Sue Gibbs, Janet Laxon, Rita Evans and in front is Margaret Rice.

Jackie Tierney from the ACORN centre told us how knitting is a great way to bring people together and that the group always has a knitting project of some sort going on.  The knitters are now busy knitting smoothie hats to support AGE UK’s big knit,and their target this year is just over 6000 which in light of their wonderful poppies I think they will reach!

To keep the knitters going they are always looking for donations of wool so if any one can help or would like to join the group  the ACORN Centre  is open Monday to Friday – so why not pop in for a cuppa and see what they are up too.

Update on our Poppy Project from King’s Lynn

We are really touched by just how many people are responding to our Poppy Plea, and how it is encouraging people to connect with the history of their local areas. Today’s update comes from King’s Lynn.

Barbara from All Saints Church in Hillington Square, King’s Lynn writes:

Members of the congregation of the Church I attend, All Saint’, Hillington Square, King’s  Lynn  (http://www.allsaintskingslynn.org.uk/) were impressed to hear about your Project.  

We decided to produce a poppy for each life lost from our Parish, whose name is engraved on the memorial window in the Church, 169 in total.  

The response has been amazing and people were very keen to participate. We have made 220 poppies in total.  

The poppies are displayed on a board within the church and there are exactly 169 poppies within the Crucifix itself.

Barbara and her fellow knitters have also said that this memorial to the fallen of their Parish will stay on display until the end of September and then they are very kindly going to send all 220 poppies into our bigger project to contribute to our countywide memorial.

Thanks to Barbara for sharing this story with us. If you would like to make a poppy or 2 for our project then you can find all of the details here and please do let us know of any of your own Armistice 100 projects.

A Hellesdon War Memorial Mystery

Our project to create a poppy for every name listed on the county’s war memorials has sparked a lot of interest and has also thrown up some interesting queries…

We’ve recently been talking on Twitter with Linda, a lady who has undertaken to create a poppy for all of the men listed on the Hellesdon War Memorial. More than this Linda is also researching the war history of all 15 men remembered there.

A recent image of Hellesdon War Memorial

Linda has made the fifteen poppies, and researched in to fourteen of the men but there is a real mystery surrounding the last man…

The soldier concerned is recorded on the memorial as William H Piercy but I can find no record of him in any records.

I have however found a William John Piercy who’s next of kin were living at Lower Hellesdon. 

I have been doing the research as part of the Hellesdon Community History Group and I’m stuck – could you forward this query on to anyone that can help guide me in the right direct to resolve this quandary.   

I think it is a transcription/typo error which I have had personal experience of within my own family.

We’ve done a little sleuthing by playing around with various spellings of the name and the initials on the Commonwealth War Graves website and found three possible men that could possibly be the man listed at Hellesdon.

Gunner W R Piercy #74009 whose parents are listed as living on Dereham Rd, Norwich

W J Piercy #43703 whose parents are listed as living in Eccles.

William Piercy #G/16306 but with no further details.

And this is where we call on your expertise – can anyone help Linda, as she says

His name would have been submitted to a “committee” for approval and I wonder where this would be and this record would have more information to help confirm his parents/date of birth etc. 

As ever if you can help with this query please leave a comment here / email norfolkinworldwar1@gmail.com or Tweet us @Norfolkinww1

Poppies from America – our project goes Transatlantic

A little while ago we received an email letting us know that our Poppy appeal has spread transatlantic and that we were to expect a delivery soon.  Well this turned out to be a little bit of an understatement…

Our crafter in America, Marion, had been told of our project by her nephew’s fiancée and it really seems to have resonated with her (and to be honest her whole family) and on a recent visit to the UK Marion with many of her family came into the Millennium Library to present us with their contribution – somehow in their luggage they managed to pack 400+ beautiful woollen poppies.

Marion and her family at the library. Included in the photo with Marion are Maureen and Martin (sister and brother-in-law) Linda (sister) John (nephew) and Georgina (nephew’s fiancée)

The family haven’t stopped there and since Marion has been home she has been knitting again, and this time her daughter, Sandra, has joined in making felt poppies

Marion and Sandra have set themselves the task of contributing 1000 poppies to our project and we extend our deepest thanks to the whole family for their contribution.

If you would like to help us reach our total of 15,500 poppies then please do get in touch (norfolkinworldwar1@gmail.com) and for sample patterns visit https://norfolkinworldwar1.org/commemorating-the-fallen-of-norfolk/

To ensure that the poppies are ready for display in November 2018 please can we receive any poppies by 8th October 2018.