Poppies at the Palace

  • 27 Oct 2020
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The Somerset Poppies Return to The Bishop’s Palace

25 October – 12 November 2020

“They grow not old

As we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning,

We will remember them."

2000 metal poppies have been planted in The Quiet Garden of The Bishop’s Palace in Wells in time for Remembrance weekend.

The poppies were planted by Siobhan Goodwin, Community Engagement Manager, Dan Vidler who conceived the idea for the 2018 centenary, and three volunteers from the Palace, including one doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering placement.

After the original Somerset poppies project finished in 2018 it was agreed that the Palace should retain 2000 poppies in order to continue to display them inside the grounds, as they had been taken to the hearts of the local people of Somerset.

Originally made by local school children, they will be on display in the garden until 12th November and it is an ideal, quiet and socially distanced way to mark the occasion of Remembrance.

There were originally 7986 poppies in 2018 - one to mark each life lost of servicemen from the county of Somerset during World War One - but some were sold in 2018 to raise money for SSAFA and The Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion.

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