Lamp Post Poppy Pictures – Nov 2021

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion, Mary Jones (a resident of Shenstone) suggested to the parish council that our villages should adopt a poppy display she had seen at Remembrance time in many Staffordshire and Derbyshire villages, by attaching large poppies to lampposts. 

She felt that this would create an uplifting display of our appreciation to all those men and women of the armed forces who have fought, and continue to fight, for our nation’s values and democratic freedoms. The purchase of poppies from the R.B.L would be funded by local residents paying £3.0 per poppy.

The council unanimously approved the proposal and pledged a sum of £300 to purchase the first 100 poppies which were to be displayed around the centres of each of the villages that make up the parish. The job of attaching poppies to lamp posts within the villages, would be organised by the parish council using their own and additional volunteer resources.

St. John's Shenstone Poppies
Shenstone Poppies
Little Aston poppies
Stonnall Popies
Shenstone Poppies
Shenstone Cooper Room Poppies
Poppies created by the Rainbows
Little Aston poppies
Shenstone library Poppies
Stonnall Poppies
Parish Office Poppies
St. John's Shenstone Poppies
Shenstone Poppies
Little Aston poppies
Stonnall Poppies
Shenstone Poppies
Shenstone Cooper Room poppies
Poppies created by the Rainbows
Little Aston popies
Shenstone Library Poppies
Stonnall Poppies
Parish Office poppies
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A pledge form was created which was included with the quarterly parish newsletter, and distributed to households throughout the parish.

Using the form, residents sponsored the purchase of poppies and then placed the forms, with their donation of cash or cheques, in various collection boxes located at convenient places around the village centres.

The forms and monies donated were collected and Mrs Jones purchased the poppies on behalf of the villages.

In total £2,050 was raised and donated to the R.B.L, and 650 poppies were purchased, thanks to the generosity of several hundred parish residents.