The 11th November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. To mark this event hundreds of volunteers of all ages from Bourne and the surrounding area have been hard at work
creating a lasting memorial to the sacrifices made by the people of Bourne.
The project, sponsored by Bourne Town Council and the Len Pick Trust, represents one of the largest community projects ever undertaken in the area. Local groups, schools, and individuals created fragments of the final work in workshops and at home: only when installed in the Town Hall for remembrance weekend, will the contributors be able to see how their individual work has contributed
to the final display.
The result is a four and a half metre work depicting images of the soldiers and hand embroidered
names of all the men who lost their lives, regiment badges, messages and names of loved ones in
the form of embroidered poppies and sweetheart pincushion pieces.
Sue Rowland, who conceived the project, has lead the workshops and coordinated the tapestry and worked with a number of local groups which have included; children from Bourne Abbey C of E Primary, Elsea Park Primary Academy, Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Bourne Academy GCSE Textiles group. Also involved were; Bourne Abbey Family Learning Group, residents of Worth Court and The Cedars, and attendees at the Elsea Park, Salvation Army and Corn Exchange workshops.
As part of the project, the new planters at the entrances to the town will be filled with poppies together
with a cascade of hand- made poppies which will adorn the front steps of the Town Hall during the weekend.
Also on display will be a collection of pictures and images from the First World War, which have been provided by local people following an appeal by local photographer Gordon Cochran, a display created
by Bourne Westfield consisting of clay poppies and photographs of Bourne Abbey pupils at work.
The finished work and exhibition will be on show in Bourne Town Hall, free to all, from 11:00 – 15:00 on Saturday November 10th and from 12 – 16:00 on Sunday November 11th. On the Sunday at 12pm
Bourne Westfield Choir will be entertaining visitors with songs related to WW 1.