High Bradfield Church’s poppy illumination memorial will be visible for miles

7th September 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.

The building will be illuminated by giant floating red poppies in November as it commemorates hundreds of local people that died in World War One and World War Two.

The installation is part of the ‘The Poppy Memorial Trail’; a massive undertaking that will see the church’s forgotten war graves becoming the cornerstones of a memorial walkway.

The public are being invited to help create the trail that will be up to a third of a mile long and span the circumference of the High Bradfield Church graveyard.

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.

The charity event is raising funds for Help For Heroes, the Royal British Legion and St Nicholas’ Church and people are making donations via the purchase of plaques in the colour of red poppies.

The public are being invited to inscribe the memory of a loved one that was lost in either World War One/ World War Two/ up to present day (or even someone you have lost close to you over the years) onto the plaques that will make up the ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’.

Hundreds of local school children have already purchased plaques which are available to buy for a minimum donation of £3 from High Bradfield Church, Stannington Library, Dungworth’s Royal Hotel, Bradfield Brewery Shop, Bradfield Post office, Travis Perkins and Hill & co Accountants in Hillsborough.

Project officer Richard Godley said: “This memorial project is set to use state-of-the-art technology to allow local people to remember loved ones lost in the two devastating world wars. 

“There are a number of forgotten war graves in the church yard and the ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’ will allow people to be remembered and lost lives celebrated.”

High Bradfield Church will be illuminated from All Saints Day, Remembrance Sunday, November 1st ,  to Sunday, November 8th.  There will be events every night through the week in memory of people lost in the wars.

The first phase of the installation of the ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’ will take place at a special ceremony with Rev Alan Issacs  Isaacson at 3pm on National Heritage Open Day on Saturday, September 12th which will see Bradfield Dungworth school children laying the first memorials.

They will do it in the presence of British Legion veterans and a bugle player performing “the last post and reveille”.

To date the project is being sponsored by Peak District National Park, Travis Perkins, Dungworth’s Royal Hotel, Pink Dot Inc Design, Bradfield Brewery, Sheffield Timber Specialists and LAR Print. Please get in contact if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

The event is being organised by Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group, St Nicholas’ Church and Pink dot inc Design.

Dungworth, Bradfield and District 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 can help and 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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