In the run up to Remembrance Day on Friday 11th November 2022, poppies were bought and worn with pride by thousands of people across the Nantwich area. The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, during the period of Remembrance. Since 1921, the poppy has been adopted as a symbol of remembrance, inspired by the First World War poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
Nantwich & District Branch of the Royal British Legion (Nantwich RBL) collections raised £48,151.22 from generous donations to collection boxes in shops and pubs all over Nantwich and a weekend stall on Nantwich town square.
In addition, this year a ‘Poppy Crown’, measuring one metre wide by one metre tall atop a plinth, containing 400 handmade crocheted poppies was erected on a section of consecrated ground in front of St Mary’s Nantwich. The Poppy Crown was put together by a team of people incorporating many local crafting groups and individuals creating the poppies required, and members and friends of the RBL who built and assembled the framework and plinth, who were coordinated by Jan McKeown of Nantwich RBL. The Crown design was chosen in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing in September. The Queen had been the Patron of the Royal British Legion since her ascension to the throne on 6th February 1952.
Nantwich RBL is engaging with a number of ex-service personnel through their Veterans Breakfast Club each month (usually the first Saturday) at the café inside Nantwich Market on Market Street in Nantwich. The branch, along with Nantwich Town Council, also organise the various annual Remembrance Parades and Services and maintain strong links with other ex-Service associations. The branch is affiliated to 100 squadron (Nantwich) Air Training Corps, and Nantwich Army Cadet Force (1 Mercian).
Jan McKeown, Poppy Appeal Coordinator for Nantwich, said: “The Poppy Appeal this year has raised £48,151.22 in the Nantwich area. There have been some fabulous fundraising events which along with the collections cans all around the area have managed to raise this fantastic total. I am really grateful to all the people of the Nantwich area for their generosity and also to the businesses and organisations that have also made such valuable contributions to this year’s appeal.”
For further information relating to Nantwich RBL, please email either: Nantwich.Memsecretary@RBL.community or Nantwich.Secretary@RBL.Community ; or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NantwichandDistrictRBL
Story and phot by Jonatah White