Return to more normal Poppy Appeal

September 29 2021
Return to more normal Poppy Appeal

PREPARATIONS are underway for the 2021 Poppy Appeal.

“We are hoping to get back to a more normal appeal this year following the Covid restrictions in 2020,” says Derek Cooper, Poppy Appeal organiser for Wells

The Poppy Appeal runs from Friday, October 29, to Sunday, November 14. In this the 100th year of the Royal British Legion and 100 years of the Wells branch, the appeal will be launched with the 100th Poppy Concert in the Town Hall on October 29 with the Wells City Band. Tickets will be on sale soon.

On Thursday, November 11, the usual 11am silence and short service will be held in Market Place. Remembrance Sunday is on November 14 when the annual Remembrance Civic Service will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church, with wreath-laying at the Cenotaph at 11am after the service.

Plans are being made to have the usual march up High Street to the ceremony at the Harry Patch Memorial at Wells & Mendip Museum. Organisers are planning to add to the usual road closures St Andrews Street so as to have more room to accommodate all those who parade and to get the younger people nearer to the memorial. All current plans are subject to Covid restrictions and legion instructions at the time.

The selling of the poppies and other items will this year concentrate mainly on the supermarkets, subject to permission, and there will be fewer other sales outlets. This will help to prevent stock being spread too thinly and the requirement to have a lot of people to administer the work involved. It is hoped to have the stall at the Saturday markets on October 30 and November 6 and 13.

“We were hoping to have our pop up shop in the High Street but that is not available this year so if any High Street shop in use or vacant can offer us a space for the two weeks please do get in touch,” said Derek.

“Last but not least a great big thank you to all who volunteer helping us and to the most generous public who donate so amazingly.

“If you feel you can give a few hours sitting in a supermarket or other venues please do get in touch.

“With Covid and an ageing volunteering list we need to recruit more people. Email to wellsrblpao@aol.co.uk with your name and number even if you have helped before as we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone who is willing.”