Loudwater creates Sea of Poppies to commemorate WWI


Loudwater is thrilled to announce that they have secured funding from the National Lottery Awards for All programme which will see them create a series of poppy based activities in and around Ludlow this year to commemorate the 143 local lives lost in the Great War.

With this year being the centenary of the end of World War One, the Studio wanted to find a way to commemorate those lost, and following a conversation with Ludlow Youth Club and the Chair of Ludlow in Bloom, the idea started taking shape.

We received a request to organise some activities with the children of the town that would link to WWI in some way, and the creation of ceramic poppies was mentioned.  Being up for the challenge, and thinking it a great idea, we set about working out just how these poppies could be made.  We’ve since developed our own poppy template for people to use, thus making something that may seem very daunting to some, an extremely easy process, and we’ve had great success so far.

We started the project by a launch at the Youth Partnership where we guided members of the Youth Club on how to make the poppies; followed by a workshop during the February school holiday which saw us welcome a full studio of children to make poppies; one for the community project, and one for their own homes.  Since then we’ve had poppies made by those cared for by Vision Homes Association; Youth Partnership members; the Scouts and Guides and more sessions are planned, our aim is to involve as many different aspects of the community as possible.

All made by hand each of the ceramic poppies will be unique and will form part of the Ludlow in Bloom displays for this year, initially being placed at St. Laurence’s church for a number of weeks before being moved to the safety of the Library before their return to St. Laurence’s for Remembrance Day.

With the poppies moving to the Library we wanted to make a display to compliment them in their new setting and our amazing Knit and Natter group have been beavering away knitting and crocheting an amazing amount of poppies which has been great, but we wanted to do more!

Securing the funding from the National Lottery has allowed us to fulfil this wish and expand the project even further.  The funding not only means that we can fund all the ceramic poppies for the community project without having to ask for a contribution, but we are now in the midst of planning some free workshops in the Library for the summer months where children can get involved by creating some huge canvass banners that will adorn the entrance to the Library.

This is such an exciting project and we are thrilled to be part of it.  However we wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the support of our local Community Enablement Officer, Linda Monteith who has supported us all the way.  Not only helping to pull all the different partners together, but also supporting us at workshops, and getting fully involved in helping to make the poppies, her work so far on the project has been invaluable and we can’t thank her enough for her help.

There are still lots of exciting plans under development, so keep watching and we’ll be sure to keep you informed every step of the way, but if you’d like to offer your support in whatever way you think you can please get in touch with us at the Studio, we’d love to hear from you.