Wave of remembrance

Allenbourn Middle School pupils are playing a big part in creating a poppy display in Wimborne Square to commemorate Armistice Day.

Allenbourn Middle School pupils are playing a big part in creating a poppy display in Wimborne Square to commemorate Armistice Day.

Wimborne school children are helping to make a wave of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice.

The children from Allenbourn Middle School have taken part in a special arts workshop, which saw them create 112 poppies from recycled materials.

Those poppies will be added to others that are being made throughout the community to create one giant poppy wave for Wimborne.

The workshop was led by artist Peter Margerum and funded by East Dorset District Council.

Allenbourn’s headteacher, Cindy Pritchard, said: “It’s a great honour to be part of what will be a very special act of remembrance for Wimborne.

“Not only have the children had great fun making the poppies they have also learned a lot about World War One and why we must always remember.

“We cannot wait to see the poppy wave when it has been erected and I am sure this is something our children will remember being part of for the rest of their lives.”

Before the workshop took place, the Wimborne Academy Trust school encouraged everyone to collect plastic bottles and black plastic tops.

With the material gathered, four different classes from across the school spent the day with Peter making the poppies.

Altogether, the project is expected to create around 900 poppies to form the poppy wave, which will be erected in Wimborne Square.

It will form a centrepiece Wimborne’s weekend (November 10-11) to mark the Centenary of the Armistice, which led to the end of World War One.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “This is a wonderful project and one we are truly proud to be part of.

“The poppies made by our Allenbourn students are absolutely beautiful and when they are all put together should make for a stunning act of remembrance for Wimborne.”

 

 

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