St John’s fundraising team organised a Poppies Display for Remembrance Sunday, and the exhibition was open to the public from Thursday to Saturday. On Friday 11 November the minister Rev Joan Ross and the youth and family worker Hannah Middleton led a service of Remembrance which the head teacher, staff and 70 pupils for Hazelwood Primary School attended. Parents and friends were also among those in the congregation. The school children brought poppy wreaths they had made and also sang as part of the service and took time to view the exhibition.
Windows in the church were decorated in remembrance of the fallen. Groups using the church premises contributed as well as members and friends of St John’s. These included personal memories, involvement in conflict of family members, a purple poppy display in commemoration of animals involvement in war, e.g. dogs, pigeons and horses (War Horse). A memory tree was available for people to place their own reflections.
Church secretary Carol Hogg said “We were privileged to have three ceramic poppies from the Tower of London, as well as other war memorabilia such as telegrams, POW documentation, identity discs, photos etc. Everyone who visited the exhibition, including our own scout leaders and Explorer group, was touched and impressed by the content. ” She also explained that all the poppies had been knitted or crocheted by members and friends of St John’s. “We think there were about 1200 in all, but we did lose count!”
All proceeds from the weekend have been sent to the Royal British Legion.