Lest we forget
November 11, 2018 marked the centenary of end of World War One. It is estimated over 16 million people – both combatant and civilian – lost their lives in what was to become known as ‘the war to end all wars’.
In recognition of this momentous anniversary, Send Parish Council displayed the wooden poppies – one for every soldier from Send killed in the war – that were first seen in 2014, alongside an exhibition at the Old Send Phonebox.
In addition, the Send 2018 Poppy Project was established to create 2500 fabric poppies to be attached to netting and displayed at the Send Recreation Ground and War Memorial. Charitable donations and village fundraisers ensured a ready supply of 4-ply wool, and village residents were invited to get knitting and crocheting!
A fitting tribute
As you can imagine, everyone at The Old Hall was keen to get involved in this worthwhile project, so our ‘Knit and Natter’ group decided to take on the challenge, eventually contributing over 130 poppies to the appeal.
This wonderful display brought to mind the 2014 art installation at the Tower of London, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, when a vast ‘sea’ of ceramic poppies created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper adorned the Tower and its grounds in tribute to the nation’s war dead.
On November 11, 2018, over 4000 fabric poppies decorated Send’s public spaces in silent remembrance of those we have lost, and we are proud to have taken our place at the heart of the Send community in honouring their memory.