Community Remembers: VII WWI Poppy Cascade Update

The full shape of Over the Top became visible for the first time yesterday on the floor of All Saints Church. It’s going to be an striking memorial from North Baddesley to the loss and waste of WWI.

'Over the Top’ has seen enormous community participation. Its very clear from the poppies and the differences in the way they are made that a sizeable portion of the community has been involved. We’d like to share that as a piece of good news for North Baddesley where disagreeableness of various kinds seems to occur too frequently.

Contribute to ‘Into perfect peace’

Help us make ‘Into Perfect Peace’ a living exhibition that carries our hopes for peace and sorrow for war. We would love to gather as many origami doves as possible, with a personal message of peace and goodwill inside. There are instructions here and there will be special paper available from our Office in North Baddesley.The instructions are here on this dropbox link

What leaps out to you about WWI?

In the course of researching the exhibition for the inside of the church entitled ‘Into perfect peace’ it’s been moving and a privilege to have the lives of residents of North Baddesley during WWI jump out from the pages of the ‘National Roll of the Great War’. Many are tragic and expected: Volunteered, deployed to the Western Front, Killed in Action, remembered at Cambrai. But then the unusual leaps out:

Miss L.E. Burnett residing at Pound Lane, Baddesley, Nr Romsey… A ’Special War Worker’: During the war this lady offered her services for work of National importance and was engaged in the Forage Department. Her duties were in connection with the supplies of hay for horses, which were being sent overseas and from 1917-1919 she rendered valuable services…
The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918

Opening times during the exhibition

The church will be open each day 4-17 November as a place to remember and think about what perfect peace might look like. Check the events diary [] for any changes.

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