Bramcote Remembers

Fifteen men from Bramcote died in World War One. They will be honoured at a special service of remembrance – the ‘Stream of Poppies’ – – in King George V Park on Sunday 1 July at 2.30pm, when their lives are also the subject of a short original play, Beyond the Bluebells, written by local playwright, Pat Ashworth.

It has a cast of 40, and takes its title from the adjacent beauty spot, Bluebell Hill. The Maintenance Team at Broxtowe Borough Council has sown thousands of poppy seeds on a swathe of land cut on the higher slope of the park. As part of a national Stream of Poppies initiative originating with the Scout Movement, children representing the schools and uniformed organisations performed a symbolic seed sowing here in mid-April. In addition,15 crosses were made and inscribed with each soldier’s name.

Extreme wet conditions in March and April, followed by unseasonal warm and dry weather, have meant that despite a repeated sowing, the majority of poppy seeds have sadly not germinated. Some seed is dormant and is likely to flower next year. But there will be the poignant sight of the crosses in situ on this day, a date which also marks the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. A simple service of hymns, readings and prayers will be led by the Vicar of Bramcote parish church, the Revd Paul Reynolds, and will culminate in the 25-minute play, with a final blessing. Descendants of the 15 will be present to see their family members honoured.

The project, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, was awarded £300 of financial support from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Commemoration Fund 2014-2018, to enabling its staging in the park. A grant of £200 from Broxtowe Borough Council will help towards costuming the 15 soldiers.

Their lives and those of the men who returned home safely, continue to be researched by the Bramcote History Group, which published the book, Remembering the People of Bramcote: How one village was affected by World War One, in 2010. Members of the group, along with Council, church and community representatives, have been closely involved with planning the commemoration.

The service will take place in the lower part of the park, easily accessed from Town Street. Those attending are advised to bring a picnic chair or rug to sit on. In the event of a downpour, the service will be transferred to St Michael & All Angels on Church Street, where car parking is available for this event. Spaces at the Council’s car park on Town Street will be reserved for Blue Badge holders.

For more information, please contact Councillor Martin Plackett on martin.plackett@broxtowe.gov.uk or call 07496 445 466.

2 Comments

  1. This is great news and well done all involved.

    We did Stapleford Remembers in 2014 and are well under way organising Stapleford Remembers for 2018.

    Working with Churches and Schools and have raised money from local residents and businesses alike.

    In 2014 we were supported by the then County Councillors and we too received Funding from the County Council Commemoration Fund, sadly this year we have not been able to apply for the funding as one the first page of the application it asks which of your County Councillors supports the application, not once but twice we have tried and neither of the County Councillors, Councillor John Longdon or Councillor John Doddy have responded to our requests for help via this scheme or via the £5,000 they each receive as a divisional fund.

    It is sad that the County Councillors can’t support so many people all working together to help put together Stapleford Remembers.

  2. It is a pity that County Council funds can’t be made available but I no doubt expect there are many other calls on a mere £5000 budget which in itself is a pitiful amount!

    As you feel so strongly about this event I have no doubt that you will contribute all the donations you have received from the public to this good cause following your recent request for donations on your facebook page.

    After all what else more important would the money be used for? Maybe others can donate too to this good cause?

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