Romney Marsh – World War 1

Centenary Poppy Commemoration 

Romney Marsh District Scouts & The Royal British Legion Remember, Respect, Reflect

In the final year of the WW1 centenary, The Royal British Legion is inviting the British public to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Members of the public from all walks of life can join the movement to express their gratitude to those who gave themselves to the war effort and rebuilt a better nation from its darkest hour.

New Romney Royal British Legion and Romney Marsh District Scouts invite the people of Romney Marsh to join them in a living history project….. Working with churches, schools, community halls, care homes, businesses and organisations across Romney Marsh we are launching a Communitywide - World War 1 Centenary Poppy Commemoration project. Inspired by similar community projects, the aim is to bring the whole Romney Marsh Community together to create Curtains of Poppies to mark the end of the First World War.

Volunteers and groups are invited to help with the textile installations which will be on display in all the Marsh Churches, schools, businesses, care homes and other venues who wish to participate. Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet, sew or weave and donate poppies – patterns and guidance are available from the patterns menu item, or additionally from a website search. Printed paper patterns are available from New Romney Town Council Office. Additionally you may have your own favourite patterns.

Poppies need to be in traditional colours: red, black, green, approximately 3” – 4” in diameter, choice of pattern is yours. Deadline date for completion of poppies is Friday 19th October 2018. Collection points will be located in Churches and local areas. Displays will be in participating churches/venues throughout November.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a huge Community Project from your own front room – Knitting - reflecting much of the spirit and effort of those who remained at Home during the First World War.

If you would like further details or you/your group would like to take part please go to the Scout Group website; ring 01797 363657/362862, speak to Churchwardens and look out for project updates in the local community, press and social media sites.

We estimate that around 5000 + poppies will be needed so please get working on the project………… Team Romney Marsh WE CAN DO IT……………………….LET’S GET KNITTING…………..


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