The Somerset Poppies return to the Palace this year in new locations*, following last year’s commemorative display.
Approximately 3000 poppies will be planted outside The Bishop’s Palace around the South West Bastion and will be seen from across the moat next to Palace Fields. Another 3000 poppies will be displayed around St Andrew’s Well, inside the Palace grounds, filling the grass area within this ancient and sacred space.
In 2018, 7986 poppies, created by over 4500 children in every school around Wells, were displayed to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.
Many of the poppies, each representing a serviceman from Somerset or who served in a Somerset regiment who lost his life during World War One, were sold to raise over £6500 for the Wells branch of The Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
Over 6000 of the original 7986 poppies remain and will be displayed in the two new locations at The Bishop’s Palace this November.
We hope many of you will take the opportunity to see The Somerset Poppies again in what promises to be another poignant and moving commemorative display. After November, some poppies will still be available to buy from Coxley School and these proceeds will go to the Wells branch of The Royal British Legion.
Included in admission.
*Please note that the poppies will not be on the Croquet Lawn this year. This year the display will be divided between two locations to reflect the fact that the entire 7986 are not present. They will be displayed outside the south west bastion along Moat Walk so that 24hrs a day people can appreciate the display without having to pay for an entrance ticket, and also inside the grounds near the fittingly tranquil setting of St Andrew’s Well. We hope that this will enable people to revisit the display and experience it in a different way to last year.
A bugler from Wells Cathedral School will play The Last Post outside the Bishop’s Palace bastion on Sunday 24th November at 11.00 to signal the close of The Somerset Poppies. This will be followed by a 2 minute silence. Please come to the Palace Fields end of the moat on Sunday before 11.00 to join us for the close of the project.
Poppies can be bought for £3 cash on the 24th Nov as the displays are being taken down. This will be for one day only. After that poppies can be bought directly from Coxley Primary School.