Sowing the seeds of hope, and remembrance

Share this article

Spen Valley Scouts are looking to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War in 1914, by sowing poppy seeds.

The seeds will be sown on spare land near to their nine headquarters buildings around the valley and also close to the open air ‘Pinder Chapel’ at their Fanwood campsite in Gomersal, named after former member, Joe Pinder.

Ian White from the Spen Valley District, said they felt it would be a fitting tribute to the memory of those who gave their all for their country. “After consultation with the Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion, we are also jointly looking to find a piece of meadow land, or similar spare land, close to the town centre, which the young people could also transform into a temporary or even permanent ‘Field of Remembrance’ for the residents of Spen Valley to enjoy,” he said.

“Coincidently May 1, 1914, also saw the first registration of the Spen Valley District Scout Council and this project is seen as another way of the Scout District marking their anniversary and their many years of service to the community.”

Anyone able to help in the Scouts can contact Mr White on 01924 403076.