Local pre-school Little Nippers in Mevagissey was excited to welcome Ocean Housing for a pre-Christmas boost.
Little Nippers is a registered charity supporting 2-5 year old children in early years care and education. In order to support their ongoing costs and improvements, fundraising events are planned throughout the year as well as seeking support from local businesses.
St Austell-based housing provider Ocean has built in the region of 80 properties in Mevagissey, creating much-needed homes for local families and individuals. Continue reading →
As part of Ocean’s ongoing support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal, Ocean held a ceremony on 28th October to illuminate a giant printed version of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ to help launch this year’s appeal.
The poem proudly appears on the front of Ocean’s office, displayed alongside our now familiar giant poppy which was made by Ocean’s apprentices 2 years ago.
The famous words were written by Robert Laurence Binyon, in September 1914 , just a few weeks after World War One broke out, and have been adopted by the Royal British Legion to remember those who have ‘fallen’ in combat.
David Renwick, Ocean’s Group Chief Executive, said,
“We are delighted once again to be involved in this important remembrance and fundraising event.
We are extremely grateful to those men and women who fought for our freedom in past and present conflicts.
We all must be mindful of those powerful words ‘Lest We Forget’ and continue to honour those who have fallen, and provide support for those who survived but are in need of our help.”
A commemorative plaque of these immortal words is located on the edge of the cliff at Pentire Point, Polzeath (on the North Cornish coast), where it is believed the poem was composed.
For the Fallen
Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st 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.
Ocean’s WW1 Memorial has been unveiled to remember the fallen, injured and those who have served in the armed forces over the last 100 years.
WW1 Memorial Design Challenge
Following on from last summer’s schools challenge – to design a Memorial to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 – the memorial has now been unveiled at Ocean’s headquarters on 28th October 2014.
Scott Green (RAF and a former local school boy from Penrice Academy, St. Austell) had the honour of unveiling the memorial and also switching on the lights to illuminate Ocean’s Giant Poppy on the front of the building. The Giant Poppy was created to support the Royal British Legion’s (Cornwall Branch) annual poppy appeal.
Scott, who serves with the RAF police is one of the last members of the British Forces to leave Afghanistan as the British Troop withdrawal is almost complete.
The memorial, commissioned by the Ocean Group, was made by a number of Ocean apprentices and was the design of Camborne school girl Kimberley Gould.
Ocean’s Group Chief Executive David Renwick commented
“We are delighted that Scott has agreed to unveil the WWI memorial. We are both grateful to the men and women who fought for our freedoms one hundred years ago and in conflicts since then, including Afghanistan. Scott, on his three tours, has lost friends and comrades and it is fitting that an existing serving member of our forces honours us by carrying out the unveiling. Once the Remembrance ceremonies are over, the search will be on to find a permanent home for Cornwall’s stunning WWI memorial”.
Ocean’s Giant Poppy
Also created by Ocean’s apprentices was Ocean’s Giant Poppy. It proudly adorns Ocean’s Headquarters for a second year running and was ceremonially illuminated on the 28th October in support of the Poppy Appeal for the Royal British Legion (Cornwall branch), accompanied by a brass band and poetry reading.
David Renwick, Ocean’s CEO, is going to great lengths (..and heights!) to raise money for local charity, Cornwall Hospice Care.
He’s trekking up Kilimanjaro!
Help him raise funds – to support the incredible work they do.
“Kilimanjaro the Roof of Africa is my target!
I enjoy walking up hills and this is the highest summit you can walk to in the World. Our friends at CHC carry out essential work with individuals and families who are facing great challenges and difficult times. My challenge can help support the Hospice’s fantastic work and the individuals who heed their care!”
Ocean Housing Group has now completed a ‘Design a World War I Memorial Challenge‘; as part of the ‘Cornwall Remembers’ campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I this July.
The winner has now been announced – St. Michael’s Catholic Secondary School’s design has been selected as the Winning Design. Congratulations!
The winning memorial design will be brought to life by Ocean’s apprentices. It will be erected in the county and officially opened to launch this year’s special Centenary Poppy Appeal in late October/early November; as part of Ocean’s ongoing support for the Royal British Legion.
The school will receive a whopping £1000 and a replica of the memorial will be unveiled at the presentation ceremony in October 2014. But that’s not all. The school will also be presented with one of Ocean’s Giant Poppies provided by Ocean’s very own apprences, to mark the 2014 Poppy Appeal.
Congratulations to Fowey Community College who were runners up. The school will receive a handsome £500 in prize money.
Thank you to all those who entered the Challenge. We have been impressed and indeed, touched by the emotive and sensitive responses to the brief.
This team-based challenge has been an opportunity to bring history to life for the next generation. To truly understand the design brief and develop a strong design concept, students had to explore the reality of war and reflect on the sacrifice made by over 9 million combatants.
Group Chief Executive, David Renwick commented:
“The competition is open to all schools in the county for years 7, 8 and 9. The centenary is a time to reflect on the 3 S’s: Sacrifice, Service and impact on Society”.
Ocean’s apprentices, who last year created the largest poppy in the UK for the front of Stennack House (Head Office), will also provide a giant poppy to be erected at the winning school during this year’s Poppy appeal.
David Renwick commented
“The competition will, we hope, help us all reflect on past sacrifices but also promote the ongoing valuable work of Cornwall’s Royal British Legion in supporting veterans in 2014 and beyond.”