Poppy collecting and Remembrance Sunday in Buckland St Mary

Neil and I were volunteered this year into door to door poppy collecting for the British Legion.  We have never done this before but took up the challenge and were assigned a rural patch with several farms and a few houses.  Even so the first day we went out it took us two and a half hours to go around, as where we found people at home, they mostly stopped to talk.

Neil with our poppy box

The lady who organises poppy collection in this area sends out 50 boxes with various people.  She has to make each box up, then collect them all in, count up the money, and bank it, so quite a job.  In our box we had normal poppies, car stickers, wrist bands, wooden crosses,  a large car poppy and a collection tin.  The wristbands seemed popular with the youngsters, but most people bought a normal poppy, and many people were very generous.

The poppy box

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and in Buckland St Mary, like many churches throughout the country we had a Remembrance Day service.  Ours was 3pm in the afternoon and for a small village there was an excellent turnout.  When we went outside to the cenotaph we had 2 local trumpeters to play the last post and then the revielle. Then we all retired to the back of the church for tea and cake and a natter. It’s very good to see the community coming together for such an event.

Want to join us in Buckland St Mary?  visit www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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