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Village mucks in with poppy challenge

Village mucks in with poppy challenge

School children from Bury, West Sussex, and locals came together to make Ceramic Poppies to commemorate people from the six villages in the Arun Churches Benefice who died in WW1. The poppy making event gained the interest of BBC South East who went along to film what was going on.

The children had been studying the lives and service records of those named on the war memorial in St John the Evangelist Church, Bury who fell in that war. The children,  from Bury School, St James' C of E Primary School, Coldwaltham and Dorset House Preparatory School, Bury, made the poppies in Bury Village Hall.

One of the teachers at Bury C of E (Aided) Primary School is a potter and has her own kiln. She came up with this idea as part of the school project learning about World War 1, in this year that commemorates 100 years since the end of that war.

Bishop Mark Horsham joined in and made his own poppy with help from some Bury School children. he said: "It was a very enjoyable morning in Bury Village Hall with pupils of four local schools making ceramic poppies to mark the anniversary of the armistice...one for every soldier on the village War Memorials."

The vicar at St John the Evangelist Church, Revd Peter Mallinson,  said: “People were welcomed from all our six villages (Houghton; Bury; West Burton; Watersfield, Coldwaltham and Hardham) to see what the children were doing and some made a poppy themselves.

“The children were enthralled by the story of why the poppy is the symbol of Remembrance. The poppy seeds had lain dormant in the ground for many years. After some of the battles of WW1 the churned up ground brought the seeds nearer the surface, and the battleground became a sea of poppies.

“There was great excitement as the poppy shapes emerged from the lumps of clay. The children put names of those from our villages who fell in World War 1 onto the poppies, taken from all the war memorials in our churches; others put the name of a family connection who died in WW1.

"We were very grateful for the generosity of Bury Parish Council who kindly donated funds to cover the cost of some of the clay used in the making process. The Poppies will be used as part of our commemoration services on Sunday11th November 2018."

The poppies will be on display until the end of November in St Giles Church, Coldwaltham and St John the Evangelist Church, Bury.

The poppies will be available to buy at a later date. You can view pictures on our Facebook page here .