“On Sunday November 12th, 188 members of Scouting and Girlguiding in Holmes

“On Sunday November 12th, 188 members of Scouting and Girlguiding in Holmes Chapel joined parents and leaders for an interactive session led by education coordinators Joanne Williams and Louise Gittens, representatives from the Cheshire East Reflects initiative. Cheshire East Reflects, a Cheshire East Council initiative,  is a four year programme of activities, events and development programmes aimed at helping residents of, and visitors to, Cheshire East commemorate the First World War. The children, ranging in age from 5-18 years old, listened to a short presentation about the First World War and then, thanks to resources on loan from the Imperial War Museum North, had the opportunity to handle First World war artefacts. They also created poppy collages and propaganda posters, completed word searches and attempted to “break the code”. Holmes Chapel Girlguiding District Commissioner, Karen Cragg, said “Members of Scouting, Girlguiding and local church groups come together each year to provide the children of Holmes Chapel with an opportunity to be involved in Remembrance Day commemorations beyond just taking part in the village parade. Joanne and Louise delivered an excellent session which not only gave the children an insight into the factors which led to the First World War but also gave them chance to consider what life was like for members of the armed forces and civilians.” If you would like further information about Cheshire East Reflects visit their website For information about Scouting or Girlguiding visit or respectively. All photographs are credited to Cheshire Portrait Photography, permission for them to be used for the pupose of this web site has been granted however copyright remains with the originator .

Crewe Memorial Square, Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum. Trees on Memorial Square have been decorated with thousand of poppies by members of the local community.

Poppy Explosion 2017, Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum


The Motorbike Parade lead from Wilmslow, Crewe and Nantwich on Saturday 28th October. Up to 60 bikes ridden by mainly ex-Military Personnel paraded on Memorial Square for The Cheshire Poppy Launch.

Crewe Memorial Square, Royal British Legion Poppy Launch

On Saturday 28th October the Royal British Legion staged three Poppy Appeal launches in Wilmslow, Crewe and Nantwich. The photo. is taken on the Crewe Memorial Square with service personnel and loacl children taking place. 4000 Poppies were launched for the event from cannons close to the Memorial. As the poppies fell on the memorial, this  period captured the moment for reflection.

Royal Britsh Legion Motorbike Parade, Crewe Memorial Square

On Saturday 28th October 2017 The annual Poppy Appeal was launched in Cheshire. Royal British Legion hosted events in Wilmslow, Crewe and Nantwich, at all venues on the same day the RBL Motor Bike Parade focused on these Towns. With up to 60 Motorbikes mainly ridden by ex-Military personnel this was a spectacle as they approached each Memorial in the towns.  

Passchendaele Commemoration event – Wilmslow Memorial 31st July

On 31st July a Commemoration event took place in remembrance of The Battle of Passchendaele or also know as the Third Battle of Eypes, the event was staged at Wilmslow Memorial Gardens on Mill Street. Staged by Cheshire East Reflects and supported and organised by the Wilmslow Branch of the British Legion. The programme below establishes those that attended in an official capacity. With over 250 members of public turning out in inclement weather the proceedings were dignified and respectful. The gardens, lawns and flower beds looked splendid, with a tremendous effort undertaken by the ANSA team. PROGRAMME Welcome Councillor Arthur Moran, Mayor of Cheshire East. The voice of the Tommy – the experience of the trenches Ian Mac, Artistic Director, Jude Theatre Company. Passchendaele and the impact on Cheshire David Briggs MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire. The Fallen from Wilmslow Rt Hon Esther McVey, Member of Parliament for Tatton. Keep the Home Fires Burning - a patriotic First World War song composed by Ivor Novello in 1914 Anna Meadmore Short Service of Remembrance Led by Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport  During the Service of Remembrance wreaths and flowers will be laid at the War Memorial. All those in attendance are invited to lay a flower to remember those named on the memorial, irrespective of the conflict in which they lost their life. Concluding comments Councillor Arthur Moran, Mayor of Cheshire East.
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