Help create a sea of red to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

Help create a sea of red to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

RED: Chantel Summerfield, secretary of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch of the Western Front Association, is encouraging schools and other organisations to plant poppy seeds and create their own remembrance gardens. Picture by Nick Toogood. 101

POPPY: Chantel Summerfield, secretary of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch of the Western Front Association, is encouraging schools and other organisations to plant poppy seeds and create their own remembrance gardens. Picture by Nick Toogood. 1

REMEMBRANCE: Chantel Summerfield is urging schools to plant poppy seeds in memory of WW1. 1014538103.

First published in News

WORCESTERSHIRE will soon be awash with poppies thanks to the hard work of a Malvern woman.

Chantel Summerfield has organised the Poppy Project which encourages schools, colleges and other organisations such as brownies, guides and scouts, to create a garden of remembrance by giving them free packs of poppy seeds.

The project is part of this summer's plans to commemorate 100 years since the First World War broke out in August 1914.

Miss Summerfield, who is secretary for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire branch of the Western Front Association, has already seen 150 schools sign up to take part.

She said: "I appealed for a grant from the Western Front Association and we were given £400.

"We are aiming to get all the schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire interested in the First World War and learning about it so it doesn't get forgotten.

"We are offering the seeds to all schools and organisations around the county.

"We've even sent seeds to Glasgow and Reading.

"All we ask is that they involve the children and send us a picture.

"It's a simple act which hopefully will go on and on."

The schools are being asked to plant the seeds over the coming weeks so the gardens begin to flower around August, to coincide with the centenary.

Seeds are also being planted at the grass verge, near to Countrywide, at Newland, by Malvern Town Council as part of the project.

Miss Summerfield, of Frederick Road, said: "We are hoping there will be red across the two counties."

Anyone interested in taking part in the project should email chantel_summerfield@hotmail.com

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9:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

STOP CELEBRATING THE YEAR THE GREAT WAR STARTED WITH BLOOD TRIBUTES TO THE POWERS THAT BE THAT DRAGGED US ALL IN AND DESTROYED OUR EMPIRE...

We should have let our AGE OLD ENEMIES SELF DESTRUCT WHILE WE, ALONG WITH THE US RULED THE REST OF THE WORLD... END OF.
STOP CELEBRATING THE YEAR THE GREAT WAR STARTED WITH BLOOD TRIBUTES TO THE POWERS THAT BE THAT DRAGGED US ALL IN AND DESTROYED OUR EMPIRE... We should have let our AGE OLD ENEMIES SELF DESTRUCT WHILE WE, ALONG WITH THE US RULED THE REST OF THE WORLD... END OF. PrivateSi
  • Score: -9

10:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

CJH says...

Not celebrating, commemorating. Stop it now please PrivateSi, because you're being offensive. Three of my grandfathers brothers died during WWI, he survived Gallipoli despite being wounded several times, and I want them to be remembered.
Not celebrating, commemorating. Stop it now please PrivateSi, because you're being offensive. Three of my grandfathers brothers died during WWI, he survived Gallipoli despite being wounded several times, and I want them to be remembered. CJH
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Wrighty83 says...

I'm completely behind this 100%, it's only right that this landmark in world history and the people involved are remembered.

PrivateSi - Shame on you !.
I'm completely behind this 100%, it's only right that this landmark in world history and the people involved are remembered. PrivateSi - Shame on you !. Wrighty83
  • Score: 2

2:30pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

I am being provocative and HONEST, you are taking offence on behalf of those that DIES UNNECESSARILY, like those in MODERN WARFARE (post Falklands Wars)... If you don't like intellectual points of view FIRED AT YOU, hard luck, it's a FREE SPEECH COUNTRY - remember, back in those days Democracy was very limited, the people very indoctrinated but still, under those conditions MANY thought the war a dreadful thing to get involved in for PRECICESLY the TACTICAL reasons I stated, let alone the prevention of British Boys Deaths...

As far as I'm concerned all this WAR PROPAGANDA PROMOTES MORE WAR... It GLORIFIES IT - and if you argue against that fact you are LYING TO YOURSELF... Good Day to you... This place needs good shake-up, it's been INVADED & OCCUPIED...
I am being provocative and HONEST, you are taking offence on behalf of those that DIES UNNECESSARILY, like those in MODERN WARFARE (post Falklands Wars)... If you don't like intellectual points of view FIRED AT YOU, hard luck, it's a FREE SPEECH COUNTRY - remember, back in those days Democracy was very limited, the people very indoctrinated but still, under those conditions MANY thought the war a dreadful thing to get involved in for PRECICESLY the TACTICAL reasons I stated, let alone the prevention of British Boys Deaths... As far as I'm concerned all this WAR PROPAGANDA PROMOTES MORE WAR... It GLORIFIES IT - and if you argue against that fact you are LYING TO YOURSELF... Good Day to you... This place needs good shake-up, it's been INVADED & OCCUPIED... PrivateSi
  • Score: -4

3:37pm Fri 14 Mar 14

CJH says...

PrivateSi wrote:
I am being provocative and HONEST, you are taking offence on behalf of those that DIES UNNECESSARILY, like those in MODERN WARFARE (post Falklands Wars)... If you don't like intellectual points of view FIRED AT YOU, hard luck, it's a FREE SPEECH COUNTRY - remember, back in those days Democracy was very limited, the people very indoctrinated but still, under those conditions MANY thought the war a dreadful thing to get involved in for PRECICESLY the TACTICAL reasons I stated, let alone the prevention of British Boys Deaths...

As far as I'm concerned all this WAR PROPAGANDA PROMOTES MORE WAR... It GLORIFIES IT - and if you argue against that fact you are LYING TO YOURSELF... Good Day to you... This place needs good shake-up, it's been INVADED & OCCUPIED...
Yes they were unnecessary deaths, that's why it's important to remember what happened. And, if you're so fond of free speech PrivateSi, then obviously I can tell you what a complete and utter w***** I think you are. And I make no apologies for it. And no prizes for guessing the missing letters.
[quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I am being provocative and HONEST, you are taking offence on behalf of those that DIES UNNECESSARILY, like those in MODERN WARFARE (post Falklands Wars)... If you don't like intellectual points of view FIRED AT YOU, hard luck, it's a FREE SPEECH COUNTRY - remember, back in those days Democracy was very limited, the people very indoctrinated but still, under those conditions MANY thought the war a dreadful thing to get involved in for PRECICESLY the TACTICAL reasons I stated, let alone the prevention of British Boys Deaths... As far as I'm concerned all this WAR PROPAGANDA PROMOTES MORE WAR... It GLORIFIES IT - and if you argue against that fact you are LYING TO YOURSELF... Good Day to you... This place needs good shake-up, it's been INVADED & OCCUPIED...[/p][/quote]Yes they were unnecessary deaths, that's why it's important to remember what happened. And, if you're so fond of free speech PrivateSi, then obviously I can tell you what a complete and utter w***** I think you are. And I make no apologies for it. And no prizes for guessing the missing letters. CJH
  • Score: 7

10:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

Course you can CJH, because you are part of The Establishment Viewpoint - you can insult me because I have an oft promoted FIRST RULE:

I TOLERATE any VERBAL / NON-VIOLENT Insult against me or my close loved ones - I do not tolerate VIOLENCE against me or my close loved ones... If EVERYBODY could stick to that rule we'd have NO WAR... Simples, for an utter **** (which is hardly an insult, I'm a man, and many women do too)...

But I do have respect for brave soldiers and although WW2 was definitely preventable I respect those that fort to defend their loved ones. Navies weren't going to stop planes bombing Britain in WW2 so we had no choice but to fight (in the end)... And the Falklands was at least defeding British Territory..

I'm glad I wind people like you up because you are very one sided and set in your ways, I've noticed... If you haven't noticed what effect poking wasps nests that followed and ended the joyous days of the end of the Cold War - the NEOCON TAKEOVER - well, you're on the wrong side of RIGHTEOUSNESS...

This paper is so ESTABLISHMENT it need some BALANCE... That is all I seek to provide... The ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT - this is important in a FREE, UNBIASED SOCIETY - that we definitely do NOT live in...

I'm not as 'bad' as I PURPOSEFULLY MAKE OUT... But if you believe in "Fight Fire with Fire" then I will use the same principle with my PEN / TYPEWRITER / COMPOOTER etc..

Seas of BLOOD are a sick reminder to me of the fact The Taliban had ceased all (White & Pink) POPPY GROWTH and HEROIN PRODUCTION under Clinton, only to be fully resumed UNDER WAR... These 'artisitic' statements remind us not that war is just bl**dy, but also NORMAL - the more war is mentioned and constantly BOMB-BARDED at us by the media the more it saps our soul, drains our brains and WARP THE KIDS...

SAD BUT BL**DY TRUE... RANTING FOR PEACE is better than KILLING FOR BAD LEADERS... We could have defended our shores, progressed our technology and FREED all Europe from The Kaiser's grip 5+ years later WITH EASE...
Course you can CJH, because you are part of The Establishment Viewpoint - you can insult me because I have an oft promoted FIRST RULE: I TOLERATE any VERBAL / NON-VIOLENT Insult against me or my close loved ones - I do not tolerate VIOLENCE against me or my close loved ones... If EVERYBODY could stick to that rule we'd have NO WAR... Simples, for an utter **** (which is hardly an insult, I'm a man, and many women do too)... But I do have respect for brave soldiers and although WW2 was definitely preventable I respect those that fort to defend their loved ones. Navies weren't going to stop planes bombing Britain in WW2 so we had no choice but to fight (in the end)... And the Falklands was at least defeding British Territory.. I'm glad I wind people like you up because you are very one sided and set in your ways, I've noticed... If you haven't noticed what effect poking wasps nests that followed and ended the joyous days of the end of the Cold War - the NEOCON TAKEOVER - well, you're on the wrong side of RIGHTEOUSNESS... This paper is so ESTABLISHMENT it need some BALANCE... That is all I seek to provide... The ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT - this is important in a FREE, UNBIASED SOCIETY - that we definitely do NOT live in... I'm not as 'bad' as I PURPOSEFULLY MAKE OUT... But if you believe in "Fight Fire with Fire" then I will use the same principle with my PEN / TYPEWRITER / COMPOOTER etc.. Seas of BLOOD are a sick reminder to me of the fact The Taliban had ceased all (White & Pink) POPPY GROWTH and HEROIN PRODUCTION under Clinton, only to be fully resumed UNDER WAR... These 'artisitic' statements remind us not that war is just bl**dy, but also NORMAL - the more war is mentioned and constantly BOMB-BARDED at us by the media the more it saps our soul, drains our brains and WARP THE KIDS... SAD BUT BL**DY TRUE... RANTING FOR PEACE is better than KILLING FOR BAD LEADERS... We could have defended our shores, progressed our technology and FREED all Europe from The Kaiser's grip 5+ years later WITH EASE... PrivateSi
  • Score: 0

10:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

Better put the full version:

I TOLERATE any VERBAL / NON-VIOLENT Insult against me or my close loved ones - I do not tolerate VIOLENCE against me or my close loved ones... VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS THE LAST RESORT.... If EVERYBODY could stick to that rule we'd have NO WAR
Better put the full version: I TOLERATE any VERBAL / NON-VIOLENT Insult against me or my close loved ones - I do not tolerate VIOLENCE against me or my close loved ones... VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS THE LAST RESORT.... If EVERYBODY could stick to that rule we'd have NO WAR PrivateSi
  • Score: -1

11:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

If you want to stop Britain going round in circles we're going to have to majorly changes our ways, systems, beliefs and priorities... War Promotion is not the answer... Night.
If you want to stop Britain going round in circles we're going to have to majorly changes our ways, systems, beliefs and priorities... War Promotion is not the answer... Night. PrivateSi
  • Score: -1

11:19pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

The fact there's still a Western Front Organisation is a symptom of our screwed up society and its priorities... Britain's biggest export industry (in monetary and single industry terms) is still MILITARY EQUIPMENT. We arm those that later become our ENEMIES... Our military expenditure is matched by out National Debt (that because of previous stupidly high military expenditure - that EXCEEDED EDUCATION SPENDING UNDER NEOLABOUR - will overtake it this year).. CHANGE but keep the GREAT CIVILIAN ASPECTS OF BRITAIN, Please for the kid's sakes...
The fact there's still a Western Front Organisation is a symptom of our screwed up society and its priorities... Britain's biggest export industry (in monetary and single industry terms) is still MILITARY EQUIPMENT. We arm those that later become our ENEMIES... Our military expenditure is matched by out National Debt (that because of previous stupidly high military expenditure - that EXCEEDED EDUCATION SPENDING UNDER NEOLABOUR - will overtake it this year).. CHANGE but keep the GREAT CIVILIAN ASPECTS OF BRITAIN, Please for the kid's sakes... PrivateSi
  • Score: -3

3:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Doogie 46 says...

The rights and wrongs of why we fought WW1 are possibly less clear cut than WW2, but we did, and we are absolutely right to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of men who fought and died in a conflict, totally unlike anything seen before.
When I was a child in the 1950`s and early 60`s we all knew elderly people who had seen service in the First War and most of our parents and schoolteachers had served in WW2. So both wars were always close to us.
It will not be a celebration but hopefully it will be a worthy commemoration of many,many, very brave men and women.
The rights and wrongs of why we fought WW1 are possibly less clear cut than WW2, but we did, and we are absolutely right to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of men who fought and died in a conflict, totally unlike anything seen before. When I was a child in the 1950`s and early 60`s we all knew elderly people who had seen service in the First War and most of our parents and schoolteachers had served in WW2. So both wars were always close to us. It will not be a celebration but hopefully it will be a worthy commemoration of many,many, very brave men and women. Doogie 46
  • Score: 2

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