Its Poppy time again!

Poppy Time Approaches

We can be grateful that this has been a relatively quiet year for Britain’s armed forces and we have seen nothing like the casualties that were sustained during the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nevertheless the legacy of these conflicts remains with us in the number of veterans suffering from stress-related illnesses, as well as the continuing needs of those injured physically in those and earlier wars. This is why the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is still so important today as it provides help and support in a wide variety of ways to those affected by their service to this country. Not for nothing is ‘Live On’ the motto of the appeal. The Poppy also reminds us of all those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom during the two great wars of the 20th Century.

So once again our team of door to door collectors will be braving the autumn weather with their trays and boxes, and businesses, pubs and shops in our villages will again be offering poppies to those who visit them. Put a diary date in for the Poppy Coffee Morning which will be held from 10.00 am on Saturday morning, November 10th at the Anchor, Wingham, thanks to the kind hospitality of Michelle Abbott. There will be a cake stall, bric a brac and a grand raffle. So come along for a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake and a good chat with friends and neighbours.

And of course, be sure to be in Church at St Mary’s for the Remembrance Service starting at 10.50 am on the 11th. How appropriate that Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the precise anniversary of the day the guns fell silent in 1918.

Lynne and Mike Conolly
Poppy Appeal Co-ordinators