Here he is (above left), "Dick" Pope. Sadly I don't have a photo of him in his Home Guard uniform but I've added a picture of his badge. There is, though, a photograph of Uncle Harry (above middle) in uniform. "Harry" Porter was my Mother's cousin and served as a cook in the RAF in the Second World War were he was posted to the Azores. I don't ever remember him with hair. Finally here's "Frank" Sheard my Mother's half brother. I think this was taken of him in the First World War. Although he survived both wars I think several of his brothers were killed.
I've always known that my Mother's aunt, Lizzie, was killed in the Blitz. She was a priests' housekeeper in Liverpool and died when the church and presbytery received a direct hit. And, I've just learnt that Auntie Alice, Harry's wife, was in the WAAF. so I've obviously got loads of research to do.
As you probably know, Manor House Designs Ltd is proud to be licensed to create a unique range of Sterling Silver Poppy Memorabilia for the Shropshire Royal British Legion. Every item is handmade in 925 sterling silver and is hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office with my own official hallmark, and (more importantly) from every sale 25% of the profits is donated to Shropshire Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Please feel free to browse the Silver Poppy range below, visit us at our new 'pop-up' shop in Nantwich (more details to follow) or at the Shropshire Royal British Legion's Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Theatre Severn, on Tuesday 24 October 7.30 pm. All proceeds go to The Poppy Appeal. Click here for tickets.
Thank you for reading this blog post, and for supporting such a fantastic and noble cause as the Royal British Legion, and I hope you have a great day.
Manor House Designs are also delighted to announce that we are setting-up a "Pop-Up" shop in Nantwich from the 7th October to 31st December 2017 and one of the large display windows will feature a Remembrance Day display with a donation area and poppy silverware sales inside the store. Silver Poppies are also available online, or you can visit us at the Shropshire Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance. Details below.
Below is my current range of Sterling Silver Poppy Memorabilia made exclusively for the Shropshire Royal British Legion. Please feel free to browse, and if you have any question, you can call me, or visit me in the Manor House Designs pop-up shop in Nantwich.
Scroll left/right to view more, or visit the full collection here.
You can also make a one-off or regular donation to the Shropshire Royal British Legion , by clicking here and we hope to see you at the Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Theatre Severn, on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30 pm. Thank you for supporting such a noble cause and for reading this blog. With love. Kate.x
Well, it's been a very productive month for Manor House Designs; I've been a busy-bee in my workshop designing and making new pieces ready for autumn, winter and (dare I say it) Christmas, as well as doing my shifts at Anne Reeve's jeweller's with a wealth of local designers. And now, I can also announce some really exciting news, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
Manor House Designs are taking a "Pop-Up" shop in Telford Town Centre from the 1st October to 31st December 2017 and one of the large display windows will feature a Remembrance Day display with a donation area and poppy silverware sales in-store."
The Royal British Legion is a fantastic charity which provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community whether serving men and women, veterans, and their families for the future, as well as ensuring a lasting memory to those who have fallen.
Therefore, for Remembrance Sunday and all of the important events and appeals which the Royal British Legion run across the year, I wanted to create a strong symbol of remembrance in silver which can be worn on any occasion across the year.. These sterling silver poppies will be available soon via Manor House Designs and in the Royal British Legion's Poppy Shop.
Thank you and best wishes
Note: Royal British Legion logo was reproduced with permission of Shropshire's Royal British Legion
The birthday boy (Kevin) enjoyed his day. We both had a lovely time (but ate and drank a bit too much) and plan to go to France once the French have completed their vacations. Here's a picture of the silver cufflinks I made for him. I'm pleased with them and he says he loves them. Thank goodness!
Husband birthday coming up? Christmas? Anniversary? Why not commission… unique? I’d love to chat with you. Kate.x
This blog post was written and researched by Kate Buchanan-Dunne of Manor House Designs, creator of "beautiful bespoke silver jewellery" in her Shropshire workshop.
Kate Buchanan-Dunne is an artist, designer and silversmith based in Shropshire.