WW1 Centenary Fields Project
A number of our children from Herne Bay Junior School were invited to attend the launch of the Centenary Commemoration at the Memorial Park, Herne Bay. Along with Mrs Kingman, Mr Frank Onions, Mr Senft and Mrs Rogers, the children had the chance to see the work they had put together through the school’s History Club and within a ceramics art workshop, held at Beach Creative, Herne Bay, organised by artist, Mandy Troughton.
The work they have created can be seen as a history trail and ceramic poppy collection within the park itself. The history trail will remain a permanent feature of the park. How amazing to think they will be able to revisit their work at any point in time – as children or adults!
Children met with local families whose predecessors had played a vital role in The First World War, along with some of Herne Bay’s local dignitaries, members of Canterbury City Council and many more interesting people. They watched a commemoration tree planting, in memory of Harry Wells, who was a local who had received a Victoria Cross for valour in WW1.
They also planted some crocus bulbs within a new set of flower beds as part of the commemoration.
Please do make time to visit the poppies and the history trail. It is a poignant experience. It is also a proud one, when thinking of our participation in such a momentous event.