We had our Poppy Meadow event at Deal Station event on Tuesday just between two heavy rain showers.Despite the weather we had a reasonable and engaged gathering of about 45-50 people to listen to music of the era provided by local group The Spinning Jennys and a varied collection of WW1 poems recited by local poets and members of the Deal Station Garden group.
The evening worked really well, with a real sense of community; which one participant twitted afterwards to us as being 'beautiful, moving & memorable'.
I was great to see commuters dropping in to listen to a poem or join in with verse of a WW1 song.
Adrian and Alan from garden group also had curated a collection of 20 poems on the platforms of the Station.
This is wide collection of the famous and not so famous, from a wide array of counties, by men, women and personal contemporary ones written locally.
Again it was lovely to see people halting to read a poem on the plaform before they took their thoughts home.
A big thank you to The Spinning Jennys (Rose, Sue, Susan and Shelia) who braved the conditions and got us all joining in the songs.
Thanks to Adrian O for MCing, Sue for the nibbles, Ros & Dave from the Garden group for the tidy up as well .
At the centre was our meadow which over 30 people had come together back in March to create.
Transforming a un-loved waste land into a bee friendly, cared for space and physically marking of the centenary of WW1.
All the Photos of the event can be found here