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Chaz
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 31 October, 2006 - 07:30 pm:   

Now I'm not such a political fellow. It strikes me that little changes, bar the faces. But I do respect anyone, strangers they may be, usually kids, who gave their lives for the freedoms I enjoy.

So where's the poppies, mister? Not anywhere round this neck of the wood, it seems.
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 31 October, 2006 - 11:41 pm:   

Yes I've noticed a distinct lack of poppies for the last couple of years. It's sad.
Chaz
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 01 November, 2006 - 01:08 am:   

You, me, lots likes us, mate.

It ain't cool in this throwayay society now, is it? I saw a man, he must be eighty odd, wearing one today in Sainsburys. I felt disgusted at myself, passing him without one.
Brian
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 01 November, 2006 - 01:56 pm:   

I agree but not for weeks before. Poppies should be worn on the 11th and 12 th
Armistice Day and Armistice Sunday
Wayfarer
Joined 01-11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 01 November, 2006 - 02:36 pm:   

Thought that I'd join this discussion to say that poppies will be on sale outside of Forest Hill train station between 5 and 7ish (give or take) this evening and every work day evening until the 11th.

For the record they have also been on sale at the same time, at the same place, for the last 2 years.

It is also worth noting that the reason that you don't see many poppy sellers is because most of them are veterans, who are sadly reducing in number. However, if you would like to join this small band of volunteers please go to the attached link http://www.poppy.org.uk/sellpoppies.cfm
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 02 November, 2006 - 05:47 pm:   

Hallo Wayfarer, you make some good points but I was referring to the lack of people wearing poppies rather than those selling them. I'm often the only relatively young person wearing one when I'm out and about. It saddens me that people seem to be becoming disconnected from certain aspects of history and the sacrifices people have made.
But then I had an unusually old dad, (now departed) who fought in WW2 so I'm possibly a bit more aware of these things compared to some other people my age.
Roz
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 07 November, 2006 - 05:33 pm:   

I have been to WH Smith at these times but have found no poppies on sale, nor at the two mainline train stations I travelled through today. Is there a poppy tin in Sainsburys or at local newsagents? I am surprised WHSmiths do not have one. I take the point about these being sold by volunteers, however it would seem that new ways will be needed to get these to people.

I also had 'older parent's and had a great uncle who died at 19 years old, going over the top in WW1. I have been a strident opponent of going to war in Iraq, but will never think it uncool to wear a sign of remembrance for the blood shed by the thousands who have died, although for me it will be the people on both sides of the conflict. I see no reason to wear a white poppy - blood is red, therefore red will do.
Chaz
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 10 November, 2006 - 12:00 am:   

Pleased to announce, I found a poppy in the undertakers in Sydenham High St, no less, yesterday. Another guy entered asking if he could buy one while I was in there.

I guess most of us these days are preoccupied by what we drink, house prices and local issues, eh?

I appreciate there's still a few who know better.
Chaz
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 10 November, 2006 - 02:33 am:   

Granted, I'm no better than anybody else.
Bt
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Friday, 10 November, 2006 - 07:43 am:   

Its a shame the local F/Hill businesses don't seem to be supporting the Poppy Appeal.
Here in Norwich I have seen Poppy collection tins in my Doctor's reception area, the local pharmacy, and there have been two Veterans in Tesco's foyer all week, and even Lidl had a collection tin.
The only downside was that the two chaps collecting in Tesco told me that they aren't allowed to pin on your Poppy any more due to 'Health & Safety' rules!!!
Seeformiles
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Saturday, 11 November, 2006 - 08:26 pm:   

I found someone selling Poppies today...in Lewes.
Wayfarer
Joined 01-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 09:04 am:   

Just a quick note to say thank you to all those in Forest Hill, who purchased poppies outside of Forest Hill Station.

Between us we raised over 320.

Thank you
Leaf
Joined 05-08-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 10:07 am:   

I managed to get one from a lovely lady outside somerfield in sydenham,maybe the lack of sellers explains the lack of poppy wearers?

*thanks you for the link about helping,my retired mum is going to sell/collect for the poppy appeal next year.
Wayfarer
Joined 01-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 11:30 am:   

Leaf,

That is wonderful news about your mum, thank you.

I absolutely agree with you that the lack of poppy sellers has a direct impact on the number of poppy wearers (though I appreciate that some people do not wish to wear a poppy, for whatever reason).

The british legion are desparately short of sellers, and therefore the impact of anyone putting their hand up and volunteering to stand outside a shop or station for a few hours is truly significant. Not only financially but in ensuring the reason for, and the memory of, those that served is not forgotten.
Leaf
Joined 05-08-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 November, 2006 - 12:58 pm:   

hi wayfarer

i am in my early 30s,but my mum always taught us about the importance of wearing a poppy and most importantly remembering those that died,i would like to see a drive on educating younger children about the poppy appeal and what they stand for,I have spoken with my children about the 2 world wars and the impact on young men and their families and they have some understanding of why it is important to remember,but it doesnt seem to be that important at school,which i think is a shame.

i know we all have busy lives,but it wouldnt be that hard for local businesses to have a poppy box and collection tin on their shop counter surely?
Wayfarer
Joined 01-11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 - 02:40 pm:   

Leaf,

Couldn't agree more.

I shall be raising the issue of local stores "hosting" a collection box on their counters with the Forest Hill Traders Association next year.
Leaf
Joined 05-08-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 - 04:22 pm:   

I look forward to them taking you up on that wayfarer!


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