Poppy Scotland - Edinburgh Castle 

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

As you will recall, St Mary’s were delighted to sign the 1918-2018 pledge issued by Poppy Scotland to raise funds in what was to be a memorable year of centenary events.

Every child from Kindergarten to Form 8 were involved in our little poppy factory making unique felt poppies that we went on to sell. The wider St Mary’s community then rallied to our request to add a little stitch or two to embellish our poppies.

Recently St Mary’s were invited to Edinburgh Castle by Poppy Scotland to receive a certificate rewarding the fact that we reached (and exceeded) our target of £1,918. Our Head Boy, Head Girl and Depute represented the school perfectly at an evening of celebration hosted in the Castle Club. A wonderfully unique venue deep within the barracks of Edinburgh Castle. After descending into the historic building we were given the opportunity by the Garrison Sergeant Major who is the Keeper of the Keys to visit an area not usually open to the public.

It was lovely to meet the other people and organisations who had also signed the pledge and to hear their tales of fund raising. We were fascinated to meet the group of motor cyclists who had visited many of the wreaths laid at local war monuments across the length and breadth of Scotland clocking up an impressive mileage in their efforts. We also meet the ladies who inspired and co-ordinated the wonderful crocheted poppies within John Lewis’ and they were happy to swap creative notes on poppy making. The total raised is nearly £200,000 and we were proud to play our little part in this collaborative effort to help support the vital work undertaken by Poppy Scotland.

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Thomas, Lara and Eliza happily accepted our certificate from the Chief Executive of Poppy Scotland Mike Bibbey a former Royal Marines officer of 30 years standing.  I was delighted by the conduct of our St. Mary’s representatives who were the only children present at the event.

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We were thrilled that Ann Stephen (Ed’s Grannie and stitcher extraordinaire) was able to accompany us to this event. 

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Our thanks must go to Poppy Scotland for presenting us with this super opportunity and to our little band who cheerfully represented the school during their school holidays.

Ms Wood

Jules Birdsall, 03/04/2019