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Lest We Forget: Two Great Causes… United Together

One amazing living history, inter-generational, Community Project, involving a huge number of people across Romney Marsh and beyond is how Veronica Bailey, Group President of 1st New Romney Scout Group describes the project Scouts across the Romney Marsh are currently involved in.
Back in January the Scouts decided to mastermind the Centenary Commemoration of World War 1.  An appeal was made for 5000 poppies to be displayed across the Marsh in churches; schools; businesses; care facilities; museums and libraries.  The Marsh started knitting, crocheting, sewing, in fact there has been an amazing response.  The original target of 5000 has been quadrupled and more poppies are coming in, on a daily basis, as we approach Remembrance Sunday in November.
Knitting and craft groups, societies, individuals and local day care facilities responded positively to the challenge.   From a local start Let’s Cover the Marsh in Poppies gained momentum and went international, with poppies knitted throughout Kent, Essex and Sussex, in USA; South Africa; Sweden and Australia added to the collection.
Backed by New Romney Town Council and Folkestone & Hythe District Council, the project has created a strong sense of community spirit and pride in commemorating the service and sacrifices made by our own local heroes.  The Scouts decided to include purple poppies to commemorate the animals who supported the war effort, over 16 million served.  They were used for transport, communication and companionship and remained a crucial part of the war effort.  
The Seaside Singers are also on board to connect with Seniors in the local community.  They have been working on a medley of songs entitled ‘Pack up Your Troubles….’  They have performances planned in local Care Homes in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
The Scouts have a cunning plan to laser light St Nicholas Church Tower – with cascading poppies as the ultimate tribute…… in Remembrance week.
So life continues to be very busy.  Thank you to everybody who has contributed in so many ways to this amazing community campaign.  Please continue your involvement through to November.  Hundreds of hours have been involved in this Commemorative Community Project…..we would like to keep a record – please upload your Poppy Journey onto the 1st New Romney Scout Group website…….  Just a few words and photos……..  www.1stnewromneyscoutgroup.org.uk
If you need poppies for a display or would like to contribute poppies you have made please leave them at your local Scout Group or New Romney Town Hall.

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