Village marks 100 years since end of First World War with poppy artwork made from recycled plastic bottles

Poppies, remembrance
Andrea Slinger with her Remembrance Day tribute artwork for Kelbrook – a collage of poppies made from recycled plastic bottles.

Kelbrookers have been getting creative to commemorate Remembrance Day 2018.

Andrea Slinger, of Harden Road, spent four weeks collecting, cutting and painting plastic bottles to make into a collage of poppies which has been placed near the roundabout on the main road.

A two-minute silence is always held across the country at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. However, this year’s Remembrance Sunday on November 11 is especially significant as it will also mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War.

At St Mary’s Church another display has been made by Christine Elley Duckworth, the Lady Lengthsman of the Parish, with red, gold and purple poppies.


The Parish Council has also placed large poppies on lamp posts around the village.

Children from Kelbrook Primary School have been making displays and designing their own tributes, including the crosses pictured below by eight-year-old twins Hollie and Beth Morgan. The school will be taking part in the remembrance parade and wreath-laying at Sough Cenotaph on Sunday (see below for more details).



At Brook Farm, we’ve made a poppy for Richard’s tractor.

Several members of the Wilson family were involved in the armed forces, including Richard’s great-uncle John Wiseman, who was just 19 when he was killed on the Western Front.

Richard said: “My dad’s cousin Diana has researched our family history and found out he lived with his parents on Gisburn Road in Barnoldswick. They ran a grocer’s shop which is now the launderette. He worked as a farm labourer on his grandmother’s farm, Coates Flatt.

John Wiseman
John Rushton Wiseman, who is buried at Ypres in Belgium.

“He had only been in France for six weeks and it was his first day in combat when he died.

“The whole family were obviously heartbroken when they found out he’d been killed. It badly affected my Grandma Violet too as she was John’s sister. She named my dad John after him and when dad wanted to join the RAF in his late teens at the start of the Second World War, my Grandma Violet begged him not to.

“So he ended up working on a farm at Bank Newton and joined the Home Guard.

“When you look at some of the lads in the village who play football on our field now and think they’re nearly at that age, it really brings it home to you how young they were to be going off to war.”

John’s family placed the following tribute in the Craven Herald newspaper:

“WISEMAN. In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte John Rushton Wiseman, West Riding Regiment, who was killed in action in France, Nov. 22nd 1917.

He left his home in perfect health,

He looked so strong and brave;

We little thought how soon he’d be

Laid in a hero’s grave.

He gives us still the dear old smile

From the photo on the wall;

We feel as if our hearts would break

When fond memories we recall.”

John Wiseman’s brother-in-law and another great-uncle of Richard’s, Norman Cook, who lived in Forts Buildings, Kelbrook, worked as an aircraft electrician in the Second World War, as he was unfit for military service due to a weak chest. His son, Fred, was killed at the age of 19 in an air crash during his two-year National Service as an RAF pilot officer in August 1952.

The photo above of John Wiseman was taken from the book Craven’s part in the Great War, compiled and edited by former Craven Herald editor John T Clayton in 1919.

It lists everyone from the area who lost their lives including Willie Walton of Main Street, Kelbrook, and Robert Lawson of Vicarage Road, Kelbrook, pictured below.


There is also a plaque in St Mary’s Church commemorating those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.


Local events on Sunday, November 11:

11am – Communion at St Mary’s Church, Kelbrook, will start with a two-minute silence, a short act of Remembrance and wreath-laying.

1.45pm – Parade assembles at New Road Community Centre, Earby, leaving at 2.05pm.

2.30pm – Memorial service at the Cenotaph in the Memorial Grounds at Sough Park, followed by parade back to New Road Community Centre.

6.45pm – Short memorial service, prayers and beacon lighting at Stoney Bank Road viewing point, Earby (limited parking).

7.05pm – Bells will be rung at St Mary’s, Kelbrook, to mark Battle’s Over.

For more information about Remembrance events in Pendle click here.

Please feel free to add any other thoughts or memories in the comments section below.

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