Over the Remembrance Day weekend Pupils from Primary and Secondary schools across the Borough painted the town red with a display of more than 1,300 ceramic remembrance poppies at Cheshunt’s Old Pond roundabout.
The project first took place in 2016 as part of Broxbourne Council’s World War One commemorative programme, when around 400 ceramic poppies produced by pupils from Haileybury Turnford School were displayed.
This was expanded this year with other local schools building on fellow Borough of Broxbourne pupils’ good work.
Ten additional schools have participated. The poppies were installed on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November, and remained in situ until Tuesday 14 November.
Councillor Bren Perryman, Chair of the Council’s World War One Commemorative Programme, said “These beautifully crafted poppies are a striking reminder of the message behind Remembrance Day, and I hope that many residents and visitors had the opportunity to see them and were inspired to remember those who gave their lives for their country.”
Participating Secondary Schools were Haileybury Turnford, Goffs School, Broxbourne School, the John Warner School and St Mary’s High School. Poppies were also made by children at Brookland Infants, Brookland Juniors, Flamstead End Primary, Forres Primary, Goffs Oak Primary and Wormley Primary.
Children attending the Council’s Kidz Klub holiday playscheme also took part.
Each school took a different approach to the production of the poppies.
Some were made in class, as part of pupils’ studies of the First World War through art, whilst others were created in after-school art clubs.
At Brookland Junior School, parents who are currently serving in the armed forces helped with the production of their display, and at the John Warner School a small group of dedicated volunteers from years 8 and 10 worked for seven weeks to make clay poppies after school with early starts to get them painted. At Goffs School, the poppies were made by Year 9 art groups who studied different poppy species.
Teachers and pupils, the mayor and members of the Council’s World War One panel met at Cheshunt Old Pond on Friday 10 November to see the display and hear a short speech from Councillor Bren Perryman, thanking the pupils and remembering the tragic sacrifices of war.