Community donates 100 poppies to Care Home to create Armistice display

Main image: Bamfield Lodge resident Jean Sheppard with the wall hanging created from poppies donated by the community.

Residents and staff at Barchester Bamfield Lodge Care Home have created a poppy display in time for Armistice Day – by reaching out to the local community for help.

An appeal for hand knitted and crocheted poppies resulted in a huge response from local people and knitting groups in the area – including St Barnabas.

The plan was to collect 100 of the flowers and make a wall hanging, to show support for the Royal British Legion – which is celebrating 100 years of Remembrance this year.

Activities Co-Ordinator Sally O’Doherty decided to ask the community to help “as a way of re-connecting residents with their local area.”

She told The Knowledge: “Projects such as this remind our residents that despite the restrictions they have faced during the pandemic, they are still an important part of the local community and that they still have much to offer. 

“We have received fantastic support from local people and poppies have been arriving almost daily! We have been delighted by the response.”

Bamfield Lodge residents Jenny Copeland (left) and Joan Humphries with the wall hanging.

Resident Joan Humphries says: “Remembering those who have served is so important. I think the display is so beautiful. Each of the 100 poppies is unique.”

And Jenny Copeland adds: “It’s been lovely to get the community involved in our project. I used to live in BS4 before moving to Bamfield Lodge and it’s so nice to know that people in the local area are supporting us.”

The wall hanging will now be on display at Bishopsworth Royal British Legion for Remembrance Sunday on 14 November.