Visitors joined Kelmarsh over three days to commemorate the armistice of World War One this autumn, from the 7th to 9th November.
As part of a collaboration with three charities and Weston Favell Academy, there were displays and performances across the main hall for visitors. Research on soldiers in the war and a Quilt commemorating the soldiers who did not return home were displayed amist a trench installation in the Saloon. Phillippa McCray, local family historian and guide at Kelmarsh Hall, started the First World War Centenary Quilt project in 2014 and kindly lent Kelmarsh Hall the quilt for the event. In the Ballroom, the students of Weston Favell Academy performed their War Horse centenary project and delivered readings of war letters as part of their studies into World War One.
Alongside the commemoration of the armistice of the First World War, funds were raised through ticket sales and on-the-day donations to support charities which have a close association with the poppy appeal, as well as charity’s working on current war crisis. The Royal British Legion, Unicef and The War Horse Charity all received donations from the event to support their work.
In the lead up to the event, a campaign was run to invite our volunteer and members of the public to colours of poppies to be used as part of the trench installation, later donated to raise funds for Unicef. Poppies in red and purple were sewn as part of the poppy appeal, representing the charities of the Royal British Legion and the War Horse Charity. A very special thank you to everyone who helped with the project and to all of the wonderful knitters, crocheters and sewers who helped create over 2,000 poppies to create such a fitting backdrop to the events and our donation appeal.
The event was also supported by our team of volunteers who knitted poppies as well as providing wool, researching local soldiers and welcoming visitors to the event. Solihull Age UK and the Kelmarsh, Harrington and Arthingworth (KHA) WI also gave time, resources and support to the event.
To see Weston Favell Academy’s short video made during the event, please see this link.