Wendover Remembers Wallhanging Displayed

  |  Published: Nov 16th 2016

Last year, Wendover Sewing Bee was invited by the Wendover Remembers Group to make a textile commemorating World War One. It was paraded on Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2015 as predicted on the front page of that November edition of Wendover News. In the meantime it has been displayed in the many places which contributed to its making, the Churches, the primary schools and Cherry Tree House in Dobbins Lane.

It is now in its final resting place within Wendover Community Library and all those associated with its creation were invited to celebrate this momentous community project on Armistice Day, Friday 11 November 2016.

Each person involved with making the wallhanging was given a souvenir booklet devised by Wendover News and paid for by Wendover Parish Council and Wendover Community Library. The plaque was designed by Wendover Community Library and paid for by Buckinghamshire Masonic Golfing Society.

Click here to see the commemorative booklet.

Additional copies of this boooklet are available to buy at Wendover Community Library, cost £1. All proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2016.

The Wallhanging already on display
The Wallhanging already on display. The plaque awaiting unveiling.
Susan talks about the Library welcoming the wallhanging
Susan Moreton, Librarian at Wendover, introducing the Library as a setting for this community project.
Vaughan explains the background to the project
Vaughan Davies, an enthusiastic volunteer at the Library, explains the scope of the project.
Debs describes the project
Debs McGuire of Wendover Sewing Bee who inspired the project and ensured that it happened. All the fabric used was donated by the community of Wendover.
Ready to reveal the plaque
Ready to reveal the plaque
The plaque revealed
The plaque revealed by one of the oldest stitchers from Cherry Tree House, Rosina Cordell, and two members of the local ATC representing the military, Jack Busby and Daisy Gordon. A staff member from RAF Halton, Flt Lt Guy Sumner, looks on.
The plaque and wallhanging.
The plaque and wallhanging.
Pupil stitchers from Wendover Junior School
Pupil stitchers who were able to attend on 11 November 2016. They sewed their poppies in the summer of 2015. At the time about 60 were in year 2 of John Hampden Infant School and another 60 were from years 3,4,5 and 6 in Wendover Junior School.
Sewing Bee
Members of Wendover Sewing Bee who were able to attend on Friday 11 November 2016. Many sewed blocks
Churches Together in Wendover
Representatives of the three churches in Wendover which contributed ideas for blocks.
Refreshments were served by Library Volunteers.
It would not be a British event without wonderful volunteers providing tea, coffee and cake.
Support from Buckinghamshire Masonic Golf Club
Tony Richards helped Vaughan with the actual installing of the wallhanging and sought the donation to FOWL for the sign by the Buckinghamshire Masonic Golf Club who funded it in its entirety.
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