Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion have launched this year’s Poppy Appeal and a Spot The Wartime Object window competition for families, which has attracted support from 32 businesses in the town. The competition began on Saturday and runs until November 2nd. Entry forms are available for 50p each from My Bestie Pet Shop, The Veg Shed, James Hardware Store and Grand Interiors. The forms were printed before the announcement that Naturalife is unfortunately no longer able to take part in the competition this year. A prize will be awarded to the winner, who correctly spots the most number of wartime objects in the windows. 17 of the town’s businesses have also signed up for the Best Dressed Window competition and a shield will be awarded to the winner.
Poppies have been put up around the town on lamp posts and silhouettes are being placed at the Crewkerne signs, to show that the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion are still here and to sustain the awareness within the community. The RBL Branch will also be having a window display in the town hall and selling poppies in the George Shopping Centre on November 7th. The Remembrance Parade at Severalls will not take place this year. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial at Severalls on Remembrance Sunday and at the war memorial in Falkland Square on Armistice Day. St Bartholomew’s Church will be holding a Remembrance Service on Sunday November 8th at 10 am, with limited numbers in the congregation.
Secretary of Crewkerne Branch of RBL, Alice Samuel said: “The Poppy Appeal will suffer this year but the branch are doing all they can to support Bob King, our Poppy Appeal Organiser (PAO) and Deputy PAO, Darren Bradbury. Poppies have been sent into shops and schools and McKinlays have kindly allowed us to borrow a gazebo for our stall on Saturday November 7th. We would like to ask Crewkerne community if they could show their support, as they usually do so generously each year. We truly apologise to the community of Crewkerne, as we always have such a great attendance and believe me, we will really miss you. However, we have to comply with guidelines of the Royal British Legion and the Government. Thank you Crewkerne for caring and supporting the Royal British Legion.”