Bottesford Primary School 1st World War Commemorative Banner

Bottesford Primary School in collaboration with the Bottesford Parish WW1 Centenary Project

A community production designed and produced by Sue Rowland

Bottesford Primary School Commemorative Banner Design Brief
Sue Rowland Textile Artist
Sue Rowland presenting the design brief to Bottesford Parish WW1 Centenary Project volunteers 19/3/2015
Confirming the final design and layout of artwork - Bottesford Commemorative Banner 30th September 2015
Making the Bottesford Primary School WW1 Commemorative Banner: September - November 2015
Making the Bottesford Primary School WW1 Commemorative Banner: September - November 2015
Making the Bottesford Primary School WW1 Commemorative Banner: September - November 2015
Just some of the volunteer stitchers who worked with the children and assisted with the sewing - November 2015 - January 2016
Sue Rowland assembling the Bottesford Primary School WW1 Commemorative Banner - January 2016
Sue Rowland assembling the Bottesford Primary School WW1 Commemorative Banner - January 2016
Sue Rowland delivering the Bottesford School WW1 Commemorative Banner - 26th January 2016
Unveiling the Bottesford Primary School 1st World War Banner - 11/2/2016
Heritage Lottery Fund supported

The creation of the Commemorative Banner dovetailed with the the 1st World War Activities Day held at Bottesford Primary School in late September 2015. Inspired by participation in the activities of that day KS2 pupils produced drawings depicting life within the community during the 1st World War and how children attending the school 100 year ago contributed to the war effort. They then worked with Sue Rowland, a Textile Artist, in transferring their work onto silk fabric in preparation for the assembly of the banner in 2016. Volunteer Stitchers from the Bottesford Parish WW1 Centenary Project and the Vale of Belvoir U3A Sewing Crafts Group also assisted the pupils with their embroidering of the names of all those lost who are named on the Bottesford and Muston War Memorials. Ms. Rachel Moore, KS2 Teacher, has coordinated the work within the School and liaised with the WW1 Centenary Project. Many of those involved commented how in spending the time required to produce the art and craft work they felt they became close to the people and events depicted on their pieces. All the elements of the banner have now been completed and assembled by Sue Rowland into the final version. The banner will be on permanent display in the recently enlarged school hall at a Bottesford Primary School. All this work is made possible with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Design Brief


  • Creation of a textile panel that commemorates the involvement of Bottesford and the community in the First World War and provides a visual historical record.
  • To involve the local Primary School and to link in with elements from the newsletter and school diary, written and photographic.
  • To give the children the opportunity to work with a professional textile artist and learn new textile techniques.
  • To involve the community- stitching volunteers to work with the school ?



  • Church, school and war memorial
  • Extracts from the school diary of activities. e.g. egg collecting, gardening club etc. These events could be drawn by the children and translated into silk painted pieces which are then quilted and embellished
  • Photos of those killed in the war or those who served in the war printed on fabric with embroidered names
  • Silk painted or felt and embroidered poppies
  • Flags and medals
  • Old village map from 1915

Sue Rowland – Textile Artist


Acknowledgements to appear on the rear of the Banner

This Centenary Banner commemorates the contribution and sacrifice made by the school children and residents of Bottesford, Easthorpe, Normanton and Muston in the Great War of 1914 -18. The textile artist, Sue Rowland, provided the creative direction for both the design and craftwork. The banner is the outcome of collaboration between Bottesford Primary School and the ‘Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project’ supported by an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Inspired by their participation in a ‘WW1 Activities Day’ in September 2015 Key Stage 2 pupils, led by KS 2 Teacher, Rachel Moore, produced the artwork and then contributed to the embroidery with the assistance of Leigh Kempson, Sharon Smith and community volunteers. We are most grateful to Sue Rowland for all the creative effort in assembling the many elements of community memory that make up this banner.


Bottesford Primary School Pupils (Key Stage 2)

Poppy Bayman, Alaina Box, Bethany Burton, Oliver Cragg, Jacob Cullen, Archie Curtis, Octavian Drouin-Davis,

Daniel Fisher,  Frederic Gustard, Dominic Hodgson, Julian Huddart, Lamorna Jones, William Kay, Ethan Kemp,

Charles Loxton, Jenna Marriott, Sophie Marshall, Ava Murray, Kieran Nesbit, Luciano Pulizzi, Millie Robinson,

Jessica Ryder, Amelia Short, Hannah Smith, Daisy Yarham, Ross Barradell, Luke Cullen, Polly Cullen, Beth Durant,

Bethan Ebrey, Thomas Elms, Harrison Guy, Jonathan Hines, Martha Hunt, Mollaigh Hunt, Darcey Matthews,

Freya McDonald, Jonathan Mills, Charles Owen, Elise Parker-Turner, George Piper, Florence Ryan, Molly Scaum,

Johnathan Scothern, Francis Varley, Anna Watson, Jack Young, Rosa Booth-Clibborn, Cerys Browne, Bailey Darkin,

Chloe Daybell, James Fisher, Matilda Gardiner, William George, Jack Hall, Daisy-Kate Jackson, Oliver Marsh,

Alex McCahon, Jolie Myers, Leona Pompa, Jeorgia Pye -Smith, Harry Robinson, Lara Saunders, George Scaum,

Erin Sharpe, Amber Smith, Oliver Thomas, Luke Thompson, Olivia Tyson, Chloe Waterfall, Evelyn Welbourne,

Francis Young


Bottesford Primary School Staff

Leigh Kempson, Rachel Moore, Sharon Smith

Vale of Belvoir U3A Sewing Crafts Group

Sandra Botham, Linda Clarke, June Fowler, Pat Marris

Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project

Val Lever, Joyce Slater, Elaine Marlow, Sue Middleton, David Middleton

This page was added on 14/12/2015.

Comments about this page

  • Fantastic! An excellent way of bringing local and world history to the children, making it meaningful and relevant to them and their village (and beyond). And in the best way possible – through Art! The experience will stay with some of those children for life.

    Congratulations to the school and Sue! So impressive! Hope the local media are aware!!

    By Jaci Gill (07/02/2016)

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