Chelsea

Well … Chelsea has come and gone.  And by any measure of success it was a big one.
We managed to chalk up a couple of very big firsts for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with our wonderful display.  It’s the first time the Show had connected with the Royal Hospital Chelsea in this way, and the first time all the Royals came to visit any one display or stand … we were also the largest display they have ever featured and we had record crowds, and record press coverage.We can put much of the success down to the sheer impact of 300,000 hand crafted red red red poppies in one place at any one time … it was bound to make an impressive visual impact.
And, it would be very easy in light of the impact we have had, to lose sight of what we set out to achieve originally with this project and we are all very keen for that not to happen.First and foremost, the 5000 Poppies project is a spectacular heartfelt tribute, created by the community at large, and much love has gone into its making.  There was no other agenda … just love, honour and respect for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities and the fact that we had such a huge response is a testament to the depth of feeling in the wider community.
It’s been three years in the making and apart from those who have made poppies and sent them to us, there has been a concerted effort of a small team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to pull the whole thing together (including volunteering their time to come to Chelsea to help with the installation), plus a select team of contributors who have helped us both financially and practically.
We would especially like to thank the Royal Horticultural Society, the Royal Chelsea Hospital, the fantastic Chelsea Pensioners … how we enjoyed their enjoyment of it …. as well as our fantastic major sponsor – the Victorian Government for helping to make our vision a reality.  We would also like to thank our official carriers Qantas for getting us and the poppies there and back, and our friends at Carpet Call, The Victorian RSL, Australian Country Spinners and Grit Communications … what an amazing team.
There are many others to thank … Ted Baillieu, Chairman of the Anzac Centenary Commitee in Victoria and his wife Robyn, the High Commission in London for putting on a wonderful reception for the team, our PR specialists in London – Four Colman Getty and at home – Zing, for their tireless work in getting our message out to the wider community, David Brooks who volunteered his time to make our wonderful videos and is continuing to do so, and of course all of those thousands of people who visited us at Chelsea … what an amazing reception we had.
I am sure you have seen many images over the last weeks … it was a very special installation. Phillip Johnson’s design was brilliant in its simplicity and in the end it was the combination of community spirit, the simple elegant design, the heart of the project and the Royal Hospital backdrop, coupled with the London sunshine and the amazing crowds that lifted it to such heights.
I am incredibly proud and very grateful to the massive team (community) that has given so much to make this project the success it has become, and we want to thank you all for your contribution(s).
I have attached a couple of images of the project for you taken by our photographer Claire Takacs (these images are copyrighted), plus a number of “happy snaps” which is by no means exhaustive.  There are many thousands of images going around the world and deservedly so.
We now working on a quick turnaround before we are off to France to create another poppy installation at the commemoration of the battle of Fromelles.
Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your efforts. You have done an amazing job.
Lynn and Marg
_F5A2864Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Marg Lynn has a chat to Prince Phillip and Princess Anne Lynn Marg and Phil meet the Queen Lynn Meets Prince Harry Lynn Meets the British Home Secretary Pomp and Ceremony Chelsea Pensioners The Chelsea Team The installation from the hospital _F5A2808  _F5A2965 _F5A4913 _F5A3023-Edit
Lynn and Marg
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5 Responses to Chelsea

  1. Rana Wilson says:

    Thank you Lynn and Margaret for seeing the job to it’s fruition, thank you everybody else who contributed & helped, it has made us all very proud.of the beautiful finished product & the Aussie spirit of comradeship.

  2. Marlene Hogan says:

    Thanks for posting. So lovely to see. Very well done to you all. Marlene H Buderim Qld.

  3. Lyn Shaw says:

    Lynn and Marg, such an amazing display, forever grateful for initiating the whole project and seeing it through, so looking forward to seeing what else is “up your sleeves” particularly 2018 !!
    I am sure this will go down in history, you both certainly were amongst so many of the Royal family.
    Thanks are not enough,
    Regards,
    Lyn Shaw (Inverloch)

  4. matilemile says:

    Thank you for carrying all of us with you.
    Indeed an incredible community tribute.
    Meredith (Canberra)

  5. Robyn Pidgeon says:

    Morning all….. From Australia…. I was one of the first people to contribute and I also in couraged a few of my friend to contribute….. They did…. When I was in Melboune in 2014 I also caught up with a few ladies working on poppies in a library in Frankston…. I still have a thank you message that has my name on it from this site for my contribution …. I also managed to get a copy of the article in the magazine “Textiles” …. I have no family connection to the war and lost ones but I want to thank you all for a wonderful journey if only from my home…. Robyn Pidgeon

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