AN IMPRESSIVE exhibition of poppies at a historic local church will help worshippers and visitors to mark 100 years of the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Remembrance exhibition at St Michael and All Angels Church at Chalton, between Petersfield and Clanfield, will launch a programme of events – called ‘Remembering’ – that will also recall the contribution by animals to the Armed Forces.

The free entry exhibition will be open every day between 10am and 3pm till November 14, with a special programme of music, talks, workshops and worship events.

There will also be cascades of poppies inside and outside the 11th century church.

Visitors can also discover the origin of the poppy as the appeal symbol, and about those from the village of Chalton who served their country.

There will also be a chance to make a dedication to a loved one who died in active service in the church’s ‘living’ exhibition.

Event organiser and licensed lay minister Dr Coleen Jackson said: “Each year, we remember those who lost their lives in war with commemorative events on and around Remembrance Day.

“This year St Michael and All Angels is holding an exhibition with special events to commemorate 100 years of the British Legion Poppy Appeal and to remember the service animals who also died in the war.

“Chalton is fortunate to have a beautiful late 11th century church at the heart of the village.

“The historical significance of this church is important for all those who have worshipped within its walls over the centuries.

“From its beautiful, stained windows to wonderful acoustics, there are many delights to discover.”

Among the events is a children’s art workshop at 10.30am on November 6, a pet service at 3pm on November 7, a chance to bring your family’s medals, photos and stories at midday on November 10, and a Remembrance Sunday service at 9.30am on November 14.

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