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During the First World War  much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape quickly turned to fields of mud where little could grow.

Bright red Flanders poppies are delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields‘ (see below)

McCrae’s poem inspired an American, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever ‘Poppy Appeal’ raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing.

The poem


In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.

Parish Silent Soldiers

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One the Royal British Legion is inviting the public to take part by saying “Thank You” to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and rebuilt the nation.

In support of the Thank You movement The Parish Council are pleased to announce that we have installed two Silent Soldiers – one on permanent display outside the Parish Office and one to be displayed during the annual period of Remembrance at Newdale Primary School.


We have been notified of the following residential planning applications in the Parish:

TWC/2018/0708  Land adjacent to Brook Lodge, Arleston Lane, Arleston TF1 2LA.   Erection of a dwelling and detached garage with associated landscaping (part retrospective).

TWC/2018/0721 4 Old Coppice Grange, Old Park TF3 4TL.  Erection of a single storey rear extension (retrospective).

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number into the link to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Planning website on our main Planning page.