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Prospects Poppy Project



 July 2011 saw the beginning of the 95th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Between the months of July - November 1916 over 1.5 million soldiers were killed making it one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded and one of the largest battles fought during World War One. One of the soldiers to have fought in the Somme was the Great Uncle of Cath Holmes, a Prospects volunteer as part of the Church and Clayton le Moors with Altham panel.

 Whilst visiting her Uncle's grave in Belgium back in 2008, Cath had the inspirational idea of honoring all those who fought in WW1 by planting Flanders Red Poppies in and around the towns of Hyndburn.

Development plans on the idea began in early 2009 and Cath grew over 600 plants. Fellow panel members, Shelia McVan and Yvonne Heap also joined in the project in growing seedlings in time to display a beautiful arrangement of poppies on Remembrance Sunday at the War Memorial in Gatty Park, Accrington.

 After further meetings with Prospects and Hyndburn Borough Council - Prospects Poppies was created. The Prospects Foundation have taken the lead with this project and are encouraging schools in the borough to take part and plant poppies within their grounds. This invitation has also been stretched out to local Cubs, Scouts and Brownie's groups as well as members of the Green Spaces Forum.

 Cath has said; "The plan for the Poppy Project is have all the schools in Hyndburn awash with Flanders Red poppies come July 2011. Information and seedlings have been sent out to the Schools and Brownie groups who have expressed interest so far."

 The Project is supported by the Prospects Foundation, the Prospects Panels & Forums of Hyndburn, Hyndburn Council Parks, Cty Cllr Britcliffe and Cllr Wilson. 

Have a look at the Poppy Project at Rose Bank Community Garden click here


Cath Holmes at her Uncle's grave.


 In Flanders Fields - John McCrae

December 8, 1915

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                                 Scarce heard amid the guns below.                                

We are the Dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields