Hang­ing bas­kets are planted to re­flect the cen­te­nary of WWI

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

CHIL­DREN from Lough­bor­ough Bap­tist Church’s Su­per Stars EX­TRA have filled the hang­ing bas­kets in the church fore­court on Bax­ter Gate, in colours re­flect­ing the wish for peace at the end of the First World War.

Guided by Bloom mas­ter gar­dener, Harry Cooke, the 8 to 10-year-olds plant- ed White Gera­ni­ums, Pink and White Surfinias, and Blue Lo­belia to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the con­flict.

Church fam­ily of­fi­cer Pauline An­der­son ex­plained that the chil­dren had moved up from the su­per stars when they reached age eight years and meet ev­ery Fri­day experiencing a va­ri­ety of prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

She said it was hoped to re­peat the colour scheme in the new planters, around the me­mo­rial to those from the church who had lost their lives in the Great War.

Harry said that he had en­joyed as­sist­ing the chil­dren and was pleased to see them tak­ing such an in­ter­est. Bloom com­mu­nity vice-chair, Mike Jones, who spon­sored the plants, said sev­eral of the chil­dren were also in­volved in gar­den­ing at their schools, which was good to see.

Pauline thanked Harry and Mike for their sup­port and as­sis­tance.

■ The chil­dren ad­mire their fin­ished Bas­kets with Mike Jones (left) and In Bloom stal­wart Harry Cook (right).

■ The chil­dren of Su­per Stars EX­TRA are seen with Pauline An­der­son and Mike Jones as Harry Cook gives the bas­kets their first wa­ter­ing.

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