28 children, from the St Peter’s Methodist School, Canterbury, have answered the Archbishop’s call to plant poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War One and have rolled up their sleeves for a spot of gardening at the Cathedral.
The year three pupils planted poppies in the Cathedral’s ancient monastic herb garden and have sown poppy seeds in the grounds of the Old Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Cathedral residence.
It’s hoped the flowers will be in bloom for August in time for the start of commemorations.
The children are so excited to be here today, we feel really honoured to have been asked to take part. Children back at School are also taking part and planting poppies in the school grounds.
Karen Godsell, Deputy Head Teacher St Peter’s Methodist School
As we recall the sacrifice of 100 years ago, it’s lovely to have the children here to plant poppies in remembrance. Their vitality and prayers for peace remind us of the hope for the future.
The Venerable Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury
The poppy planting initiative comes as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York urged church schools and churches to plant poppy seeds with them on April 30 to commemorate the centenary of World War One and help make the country awash with poppies.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby , in an Instagram message, urges people to plant the seeds ‘to remember the terrible events of the First World War and as a sign of our hope in Jesus Christ for peace in the future.’
I encourage parishes and church schools across the country to join together to make many thousand flowers bloom as a tribute to the sacrifice of past generations.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
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‘Children plant poppies to remember World War One’ Canterbury Times (30/04/2014)
‘School Report’ (Page 49) Canterbury INDEX (June 2014)