St Swithun’s Church in Long Bennington has created an Armistice Display to commemorate the villagers who fought in World War I. The display will be open for viewings each day (between 10am and 4pm) for the 100 days from the start of the last Allied offensive (The Battle of Amiens) on 8th August until the date of the Armistice, 11th November.

The central features of the display are a Cascade of Poppies knitted by the ladies of the village, to commemorate villagers who fought in the Great War (the 28 who died and the 102 who returned), and information and memorabilia on the war and village from the 1900 to 1930 era (the village the soldiers left and the one to which they returned). The display will also feature as part of a Heritage Lincolnshire Open Days Weekend (8–10th September).

The principal contributors to the display are the ladies of the village who knitted the poppies, members of the church community, the village school (Long Bennington Church of England Academy), and the village Women’s Institute (whose centenary occurs this year).

The cost of the display has been met by small donations from local businesses and individuals, as well as support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (as part of an award to repair parts of the church).

Further information on St Swithun’s and the Saxonwell Group of Churches may be found here.