Spectacular poppy-art installation in Hutton Buscel

A hundred hand-crafted ceramic poppies will form a spectacular art installation in the grounds of St Matthew’s Church in Hutton Buscel.

A similar display last year raised £374 for the British Legion’s Scarborough branch.

This year, the Hutton Buscel Artists hope to exceed that amount with a poppy for each year since WW1 ended.

The display, which can be seen throughout November, will include several giant wall-mounted poppies and an illuminated 100.

The poppies can be sponsored for £10 to say thank you - “for our freedom, for our blessings, to a fallen loved one, to a serving family member, or for whatever it is you wish to say thank you for”, says Diane Todd of the HBAs.

Messages of gratitude will be displayed on a plaque next to the sponsored poppy.

Supporters will be able to keep their poppies when the display is taken down. They have a choice of purple poppies to represent the animals lost during the wars; white poppies to represent peace; and traditional red poppies, as a sign of remembrance for the loss of men and women who gave their lives during the world wars.

The project was overseen by HBA member Shirley Doyle, who said: “It might not be as big as the poppy installation at the Tower of London from 2014, but the message is just as powerful and we hope supporters really get behind it and reserve a poppy or two. To see it illuminated after dark is just stunning. We are really pleased with what we have achieved”.

An art and craft exhibition will run at the village hall from 10am–4pm on 24 and 25 November, with an open preview from 7-9pm on 23 November. Admission will be free.

Sixteen artists will exhibit photos, ceramics, wildlife paintings, portraiture, needle-felt artwork and sculptures, jewellery, haberdashery, illustrated poetry, mixed-media art and festive produce.

One of the HBAs, Alan M Hunt, won three awards in this year’s wildlife-artist-of-the-year competition. “So we have art royalty among us and we’re very lucky to have him”, Diane says.

* To sponsor a poppy, ring Jan Jennings on 865752 or Stasia Valentine on 865420.