Tuesday 31 October 2017
The Poppy Factory was established in 1922 as an independent charity to provide employment for disabled servicemen after the First World War. The work consisted of making the poppies, crosses and wreaths for the annual remembrance tide. 90 years on, they remain an independent charity with the aim of enabling wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women in finding paid, meaningful civilian employment.
We begin our day earlyish in the morning with a light breakfast snack on the coach to keep us going, before arriving at KEW GARDENS and approximately one hour to explore the Palm Glass House (which experts consider to be the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world!). An hour later, we will enjoy an included 45 minute tour of the extensive gardens in their Autumnal colours, aboard the Kew Explorer Land Train.
We will then receive a very warm welcome on arrival at the nearby Poppy Factory, plus a delicious homemade 2-course lunch with coffee, before embarking on our pre-arranged guided tour of this famous working factory.
During our visit, tour guides will give you an informative presentation, using original footage and films to tell the story of the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance; the heritage of The Poppy Factory since its foundation in 1922 and how they remain true to the original charitable purpose today.
The FESTIVAL of REMEMBRANCE is an ideal addition to our visit to the Poppy Factory, the annual memoriam event to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 11 November 2017, for which Solent Events will be endeavouring to purchase tickets.
Limited numbers apply to this very special Away-Day, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Luxury Executive Coach Travel
Only FOUR local pick-ups from:
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham
Preferred seating on coach
Visit & tour of Kew Gardens &
Palm House by Kew Explorer Land Train
Donation entry to the Poppy Factory
2-course Lunch with tea/coffee
Cream Tea OR Wine & Savouries
Solent Events Tour Manager
View the Itinerary
0645 Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0730 Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
0740 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0750 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0800 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1000 Arrive Kew Gardens
Time to explore Palm House
1100 Kew Explorer Land Train guided tour
1315 Lunch at Poppy Factor – see menu choice below
1400 Guided Tour of Poppy Factory
1600 Leave for home
Cream Tea OR Wine/Savouries served en route
2000 Arrive home area
Limited numbers apply to this Away-Day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
A BIG Thank You to you all!
I write to thank you on behalf of The Poppy Factory for your generous donation of £300.00 following your recent visit. I do hope your group enjoyed their trip.
As you may know, The Poppy Factory works hard to ensure that every workplace values disabled veterans. We have now helped over 800 individuals to find work in their own communities by helping them and their employers to create successful careers.
For those veterans who have complex health conditions, the barriers to finding and staying in work can be significant. But as many veterans tell us, work is so much more than “just a job” and evidence shows that meaningful work even leads to better health outcomes. Finding a career again can help our veterans to regain self-confidence and find their purpose in life once more.
As one veteran recently told us “Now I know what I need to do to give myself the best chance of employment… I have the skills and belief to be able to stand on my own two feet. I take this job as an opportunity I could previously only dream of.”
I will ensure that your donation is used to help even more disabled veterans to “stand on their own two feet” again. Thank you.
Caroline Smith, Fundraising Administrator