Final countdown to High Bradfield’s “floating red poppies” commemoration

26th October 2015

A breath taking art installation is set to transform High Bradfield’s historic St Nicholas’ Church into a beacon of commemoration that will be visible right across Sheffield in a few days time.

The building will be illuminated by giant floating red poppies from Sunday, November 1st, to Sunday, November 8th, as it commemorates hundreds of local people that died in World War One, World War Two and up to the present day.

The installation is part of the ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’; a massive undertaking that is seeing the church’s war memorials and war graves becoming the cornerstones of a memorial walkway made up with the memories of lost loved ones that have been written on plaques. The memorial trail was started in September at a ceremony led by Rev Alan Isaacson of St Nicholas’ Church.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain, will turn on the illumination at 6pm on Sunday, November 1 - All Saints Day - in front of scores of guests.

The countdown to the switch on will be signalled 20 minutes earlier each evening when red search lights will shoot straight up into the sky - imagining World War One soldiers standing on guard in front of St Nicholas’ Church. 

Five minutes before the poppy illumination the search lights will begin to move creating movement at the top of the valley - warning the poppy illumination is about to start. 

Then on the hour, as the bell tower rings, the lights will swoop around and the spectacular giant floating red poppies will appear. 

The public have been creating the ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’ by buying red plaques and inscribing memories of lost loved ones. Over 1,000 have now been sold and installed in the walkway.  

The charity event is raising funds for Help For Heroes, the Royal British Legion and St Nicholas’ Church.

The installation has been designed by Sue Hague of Pinkdotinc Design. The Dungworth-based organisation has previously worked on projects including the Olympics 2012, Epson UK and the Rugby World Cup.

Project officer Richard Godley said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by interest in the project so far. The finished installation is going to be visible for miles around - the area really will have seen nothing like it before. 

“We’re using state-of-the-art technology to allow local people to remember loved ones lost in the two devastating world wars.” 

Plaques - which are in the colour of red poppies – are still available to buy with a minimum donation of £3 from High Bradfield Church, Stannington Library, Dungworth’s Royal Hotel, Bradfield Brewery Shop, Flask End Bradfield Post Office, Travis Perkins and Hill & co Accountants in Hillsborough, Loxley Post Office, Old Horns Public House High Bradfield, Plough Inn Low Bradfield and Bradfield Dungworth Primary School. 

A full week of commemoration events are planned. The details are:

  • 01/11/15 – Sunday All Saints day Service – 6pm -Light Switch on by Lord Mayor.
  • 02/11/15 – Monday  - St Nicholas Church Art Exhibition -  2pm – 6pm - Illumination evening 6pm – 10pm
  • 03/11/15 – Tuesday - Church Ploughmans - Low Bradfield village hall 12-2pm, Illumination evening 6pm-10pm
  • 04/11/15 – Wednesday - Church Ploughmans - Low Bradfield village hall 12-2pm, Illumination evening 6pm-10pm
  • 05/11/15 – Thursday - Military evening talk TICKET ONLY – Royal Hotel – Dungworth – 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Pie & pea supper – buffet. Hosted by: Major Edward Colver – MBE. Illumination evening 6pm – 10pm Church & Grounds closed to public. Tickets £10.00 – Tickets available from The Royal Hotel Dungworth, Sheffield.
  • 06/11/15 – Friday - Poppies to Prom Night TICKET ONLY - Music by Loxley Silver band. Music from WW1 – present day. Night Sponsored by Royal Hotel. Doors open – 7pm, performance starts 8.00pm. Tickets £7.50 – Tickets available from the Royal Hotel Dungworth & Flaskend – Bradfield Post Office Sheffield. Illumination evening 6pm – 11pm Church.
  • 07/11/15 – Saturday - Air Raid Walk – organised  & Sponsored by Bradfield Brewery. Opens 3pm Brewery – 4.00pm all families leave the brewery dressed in illuminated lights and lanterns and walk to the church. Refreshments at Church by WI. Illumination evening 4.30pm – 9pm.
  • 08/11/15 – Sunday - Remembrance Day St Nicholas Church – 10.30am Service. Evening service 6.30pm. Illumination evening 6pm-10pm – last night of the illumination. 

The project has been sponsored by Peak District National Park, Travis Perkins, Dungworth’s Royal Hotel, Pink DotInc Design, Bradfield Brewery, Sheffield Timber Specialists and LAR Print. 

The event is being organised by Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group, St Nicholas’ Church, Pink dot inc Design and Royal Hotel. Dungworth, Bradfield and District WW1 Heritage Group was formed to commemorate the actions of local people that fought in World War One and study effects on life on the home front.

If you would like tell us about the WW1 stories / memories from you or your parents / grandparents then please contact:  bradfield.history@mypostoffice.co.uk

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