We’re holding a two-day workshop where you’ll be able to experience using clay and producing your unique poppy following a step-by-step process.
The workshop will be held over two Friday evenings; 12 and 19 October, allowing plenty of time for the poppies to be ready on 11 November.
Date/time: 12 & 19 October, 7-9pm
Cost: £25 per person for one giant poppy / £45 per person for two giant poppies. 20% will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.
Places are limited. Please call 01454 312606 to reserve your place. A £10 deposit is required.
Workshop day one
You’ll create your poppies from earthenware clay. There should be enough time to make two poppies per person.
Workshop day two
You’ll decorate your poppies by hand with a choice of glazes and/or acrylics. They will then be fired and ready for collection in approximately 10 days.
The story of the poppy
This is the story of the poppy and the poem that inspired our symbol of remembrance (taken from the British Legion website).
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.