Rutland prepares to remember fallen

Barbara Wrighting pictured right with WI member, Sheila Girvan and the ceramic poppies that they have made for Remembrance Sunday.
Barbara Wrighting pictured right with WI member, Sheila Girvan and the ceramic poppies that they have made for Remembrance Sunday.
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A beautiful display of ceramic poppies will be showcased in Caldecott for Remembrance Sunday - just one of dozens of events taking place in the county.

The Caldecott Women’s Institute have made 100 life size ceramic poppies for the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, to be placed in the village green.

The ladies of Caldecott WI made the poppies after a recent demonstration provided by WI member, Barbara Wrighting.

The poppies which have been handmade out of clay and hand painted individually, will be ‘planted’ on Remembrance Sunday next to the flag pole, where the Remembrance wreaths will be laid at 11am.

The poppies will be available for ‘picking’ on Remembrance Sunday for a minimum donation of £7.50 per poppy, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. You can also dedicate your poppy for an additional £2.50.

Along with all the proceeds collected, the £50 fee Barbara was paid for the initial demonstration will all be passed over to the Royal British Legion. Barbara is hoping to raise more than £850.

Barbara’s father, David, served in the British Army for a total of 32 years. He was a Japanese prisoner of war from the fall of Hong Kong until the end of the war. In his later years he spent time in many conflict zones until he left the army in 1974.

She said: “Remembrance Day is always an important day for our family, unfortunately my dad suffered a heart attack straight after marching with the Royal British Legion in 1979 and sadly died.

“For that reason Remembrance Day is very poignant to us, which is why I feel so strongly about doing something special this year.”

l Langham Village History Group launched a book written by Brenda Burdett and designed and edited by Mike Frisby called ‘Langham Remembers Them’ on Saturday.

Brenda wrote the book after discovering that two of her relatives had inscriptions on Langham’s War Memorial.

The book contains a biography and photograph of each of the men that died, along with a timeline and background information surrounding the war.

The book, costing £5, is available from www.langhaminrutland.org.uk/publications.htm; Rutland County Museum and Walker’s Bookshop in Oakham.

Each year at Langham’s Service of Remembrance, the names of the fallen of both world wars are read out.

As a further tribute to those lost in the First World War, a commemorative card will be placed in Langham Church at the centennial anniversary of each man’s death. By 1918, there will be 27 cards.

l A woman from Rutland was lucky enough to have the opportunity to plant some of the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.

Susan Chambers who helped plant some of the poppies in London, said: “It was an incredible sight and is unbelievably moving.”

l There will also be events taking place across Rutland to commemorate the fallen.

Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop will be holding a charity coffee morning on November 11, from 10.30am until midday, all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

A Remembrance concert will be held at All Saints’ Church in Oakham at 7.30pm on November 8, with a guest performance from Rutland Choral Society. It is free admission but a collection will be taken for the Legion, which has launched its annual Poppy appeal.