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Slinfold pupils make their own ceramic poppy display

Pupils at Slinfold Primary School have been making their own ceramic poppies after being inspired by the poppy display at the Tower of London.

The project has seen involvement from the whole village community including the beavers, cubs, scouts, parents and local church groups.

The project was the idea of year five and six teacher, Laura Braun who was inspired by Paul Cummins’ display in London.

Headteacher, Mrs Jill Hine told The District Post: “Laura trained everyone in the school on how to make the poppies. It’s been a real labour of love for Laura.”

The ceramic poppies were fired in Laura’s home kiln and at The Weald School and Rudgwick School kilns.

The poppies were planted in St. Peter’s churchyard, and the oldest and youngest pupils planted the first ones.

Mrs Hine added: “ We’re hoping to auction them off as parents and villagers have expressed interest in owning them, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. It’s really brought the whole community together.”

Laura Braun said: “It has been a really big project. It was quite emotional to see it all being brought together.

“Seeing the poppies makes it clear how many have died. We are hoping the poppies will remain there until Christmas. The children didn’t write names on the back of each poppy as it was not about them and the school, but the people who have died.”

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