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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Armistice Commemorations

Cotman Housing Association, with the support of its partners and the local community, organised a special Armistice Day event to remember those who served and fell during the First World War.

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In the calm surroundings of the Bowthorpe Community Gardens on 11th November 2014, over 140 people, including staff from Cotman Housing, Future Projects, Novus Solutions, Mow & Grow and children from St Michael’s V.A. Middle School and Clover Hill V.A. Infant School and the local community joined together in memory of those who served during World War I.

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The proceedings began with a welcome from Vicar Mark Elvin and he introduced special guest Len Fox, a Normandy Veteran and a Cotman customer, who thanked everyone for being there.

Len Fox, Normandy Veteran

Len Fox, Normandy Veteran

The students of St Michael’s Middle School, had been assigned with writing poetry to mark this year’s Armistice Day. A selection of these were read out by the students, with their evocative poems perfectly capturing the tragic nature of the First World War and the solemn mood of the event.

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Major Rushmere and Veteran Len Fox


At 11.00am the traditional two minute silence was held and following this, everyone gathered at the Heritage Gardens to plant poppy seeds and daffodil bulbs.

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The event came together as a result of the Association being awarded funding from the Norfolk Armed Forces Community Covenant Board, Norfolk World War 1 Fund. The unique nature of the occasion attracted considerable media interest, with BBC Look East on hand to capture the proceedings. The Association wishes to thank everyone involved in organising the event and those who were in attendance who helped make the day a success.