Poppies planted to sow the seeds of remembrance and thanks

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Brownies, Guides, their leaders and a Trefoil member with 75 years service to the movement, have planted poppies in a church garden as a tribute to the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in the Great War.

Girlguiding “ambassador”Margaret Ursell (83),who joined the movement as a young Brownie, was invited to team up with representatives of St Leodegarius Church’s youth groups in Old Basford for the poppy planting initiative.

Southwell Diocese official Jane Wyles responded to hundreds of requests from churches, local schools and organisations seeking to obtain limited edition packets of Flanders poppies that each contained around 2,800 seeds.

The St Leodegarious contingent were contacted to be told that they had secured the very last packet of seeds available .

Mrs Ursell,who was a Brown Owl for 45 years, was joined by St Leo’s current Brownie leader Judith Osborne, Guide Captain Amy Slater and Carol Bromhead (Tawny Owl) along with supportive parents for the planting.

A special plot was prepared by church volunteer Kevin Newitt and took the form of a cross made from Basford rock.

Before the planting Brownie member Sophie Parker read out a prayer giving thanks to those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War.

Mrs Ursell said: “In years to come, the children who have played a part in this landmark occasion will see the fruits of their labours and tell those close to them that they had contributed to something special.”