Springfield Lodge receive a touching poppy tribute from pupils of West Rainton Primary School

pupils from the school surprised residents of Springfield lodge by creating a touching field of poppies they were delivered by the pupils on Friday to the home. Scores of poppies were laid out on the lawn at Springfield lodge to mark last Sundays Armistice Day. A mini remembrance service with the children also took place within the home. After the service residents were  invited to join the pupils at West Rainton primary for lunch.

Resident veteran air gunner Tom Douglas alongside West Rainton primary School Children

Resident veteran air gunner Tom Douglas alongside West Rainton primary School Children

West Rainton Remember our Heroe's "There but not There Project"


 Remembrance Day is very close to all in the village of west Rainton. Springfield lodge are honoured to taking part in “the there but not there project “which is taking place throughout the whole of the community, silhouettes have been created representing local men who lost their lives during the wars. We also have the honour of having in our home the actual silhouette of Private Matthew Bowman, he was killed in France on 11.8.1915 at only 30years old. Matthew left a wife and three children. He was awarded the 1915 star, the victory medal and the British medal for his courage and duty


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Residents at Westoe Grange Remember our Heroe's

Westoe Grange residents, their families and staff have been busy making poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of armistice day, The poppies they have made are being displayed outside the front of the building on Horsley Hill Road and will be in full view as the procession makes its way to the service on Sunday morning. Residents of Westoe Grange will be watching the procession and attending the service, to show their respect for all our fallen heroe’s over the last 100 years. All our thoughts are with those currently serving who put their lives at risk for the safety of others.

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For the Fallen

With remembrance Sunday nearly upon us Ascot Care will be marking this year with some special celebration in our care homes.  We will show our respects our sunday and will salute all of the armed forces both past and present including our own residents who served our country and who we are proud to care for, and our own staff members who currently serve as reservisits or who’s partners serve.

A Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21 September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain

Springfield Lodge Resident Tom Proudly remembers our Heroe's

Tom  a second world war veteran who was in the R.A.F as an air bomber from the age of 18 was very proud to honour all our fallen Heroe’s. The Poppy display was made by our residents and staff to show their respect. Tom  has many fascinating stories to tell of the days he served his country which are enjoyed by all at Springfield lodge. Sunday as every remembrance day will be a very  poignant  day for him as well as all who have served for their country  along with  every single person who has lost someone serving our country over the last 100 years