Brimscombe & Thrupp Parish Council

Brimscombe and Thrupp Community Wreath

Brimscombe and Thrupp Community Wreath

This year Brimscombe and Thrupp Parish Council asked the local community to help by making a re-usable, eco-friendly wreath for the Parish Council to lay at the War Memorial in Brimscombe. Emma Sutton stepped forward to make and coordinate the wreath, with the help of Pam Wise, Gisela Blee and Sarah Dalby, who all made poppies. The Parish Council is incredibly grateful for their work and the result. We asked for the wreath to include all four poppy colours: red, white, black and purple, which each have different meanings – and this is the result (with a few other colours added!). The text on the wreath reads: 'Brimscombe and Thrupp Parish Council: Made with respect by the Brimscombe and Thrupp Community'. In addition to the wreath, the Parish Council made a donation of £25 to the Royal British Legion.

Meaning of the different coloured poppies

Red poppy: The red poppy is the most famous symbol used to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in World War One and conflicts that followed. Wearing a poppy was inspired by the fields of poppies that grew where many of the battles were fought. The red poppy is connected to the Royal British Legion - a charity created by veterans of World War One. They say that the red poppy represents remembrance and hope.

White poppy: The white poppy is handed out by a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace. They say that the white poppy commemorates people who died in conflict, but focuses on achieving peace and challenging the way we look at war.

Black poppy: The black poppy has two different meanings attached to it. It is most commonly associated with the commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities' contribution to the war effort - as servicemen and servicewomen, and as civilians. The campaign organisers say that while they also support the red poppy, they feel that the black poppy highlights this contribution and the place of black, African and Caribbean communities in remembrance.

Purple poppy: The purple poppy is often worn to remember animals that have been victims of war.

Animals like horses, dogs and pigeons were often drafted into the war effort, and those that wear the purple poppy feel their service should be seen as equal to that of human service. In particular, many horses were killed or injured in World War One. Donations to the Purple Poppy Appeal, which is organised by the War Horse Memorial, will go to charities like World Horse Welfare and the animal charity, Blue Cross.


Posted: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 11:41 by Admin

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