A couple of months ago, we were invited by Great Barton Parish Council to produce a number of poppies for a poppy trail to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. The Parish Council have erected a "there but not there" soldier on the roundabout at Elms Close and the school decorated 2 wooden "100" plaques which are situated near the soldier and by the War Memorial in the church yard. We made 220 poppies in total and the poppy trail runs from the school to the church.
Badger and Hare classes (years 4 and 5) had a visit from the Royal British Legion and the children have been researching the two soldiers who fought in World War I and are buried at Holy Innocents' Church. This morning (8th November 2018), Badger and Hare classes followed the Poppy Trail and participated in an Act of Remembrance and prayers for peace.
Two soldiers from the village were given a military burial at Holy Innocents' following injuries sustained on the battlefield. Before our short service the children laid crosses and remembrance tokens on the graves of these two men to remember the sacrifice they made.
Reverend Manette then conducted an Act of Remembrance alongside the war memorial in the churchyard with a period of silence and reflection.
The poppy trail will stay up until Remembrance Sunday, so if you would like to follow this trail yourself at the weekend you’d be more than welcome. Please Tweet any photographs if you do, we would love to see them. Tim Frost (Church Warden) has also set up a display in the church with information on World War I and how it affected the village. The children enjoyed reading this after the service.
We would recommend following the trail yourself, as the photographs don't do it justice!
In addition to this, Mrs Green has organised for a Remembrance/Memory Tree in the hall. If any children and their families would like to hang a poppy of remembrance, or a photograph of any loved ones on the tree then you are very welcome to come in at drop off, or pick up to do so.