Scampton Village Remembrance
One small idea over a pint in the Dambusters Inn between the landlord and the local school head teacher developed into a large church installation once we all got together with the Lincolnshire Aviation Hertiage team. I spent a few months working from ideas to create an impacting display for rememberance day with the two Scampton Primary schools, Playmates preschool and RAF Scampton heritage centre. The local community has a lot of service families and the project was embranced by a large number of participants of all ages.
Scampton Church has over 100 war graves in its grounds, with the majority being from WW2. Each grave has its own sad tale of a young man killed whilst on duty. Looking into the history of all the graves we discovered stories of grounds crews chancing upon a bomb that had not dropped out of the plane, black out regulations and car head lights confusing pilots and the story of a stowaway in the German plane whose identity remained a mystery for some time. Some of the Y6 children from both Pollyplatt School and Scampton Primary School contemplated the history and helped design four flags to commemorate these RAF men. The flags were on display on Nov 11th and over the weekend, flying in memory of the men and their stories.
All the children from both schools also helped to create over 300 poppies whilst visiting the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre. Here they worked to produce their beautiful poppies that were used either in the construction of an archway around the church entrance or as an indiviual poppy for one of the war graves. Every age group helped to make these poppies including the Reception class who at the time had only been in school for a few weeks. They were brillant, they worked incredibly hard and some even managed to have time to look around this fantastic musuem that is full of history and stories... plus a Red Arrow aeroplane that you can sit in and have your photo taken! With the Red Arrows based next to the museum we were lucky to have one of the team join us and help make some of the poppies with his son.
But 300 poppies was not enough for this project. The next step was to invite the young pre schoolers from Playmates to help in the creation of poppy lapels for everyone coming to the service on Nov 11th. The young children had a lovely time creating patterns and print making with a variety of different items. All this card was then taken away and laser cut into 300 poppies by Kathleen Smith. These were then transformed into our own Scampton Lapel Poppies. All the children from both schools, the teachers, the church, the team and invited dignitaries wore these poppies on the morning of the 11th whilst we watched some of the children respectfully plant a poppy into each of the war graves.
The largeness of the poppies and the vast numbers of gravestones really underlined how many families lost their loved ones in this area during the war, it had quite a somber impact.
11th November 2016......