Poppy Partner, Elizabeth Sime talks about her experience.

 

Poppy Partner

Until recently, my only connection with Balhousie Castle, was to occasionally enjoy a cup of tea and a delicious scone in the café. I also have a family link with the Regiment as my husband’s uncle, Private William John Morrison, had served with The Black Watch in Cyprus, 1957-1959.

In February this year, my husband, Garry, very suddenly and unexpectedly died, and I found myself with too much time, and sadly lacking in routine and purpose.

I noticed the poster in my local Post Office looking for volunteer Poppy Partners, and thought, I would like to do that. I remembered seeing the installation on television when it was at the Tower of London and thinking how wonderful it would be to see them.So I duly filled in the application form and was welcomed on board to be a Poppy Partner.   We had a morning’s training, where we learnt about the poppy installation and what our roles would be.

So far I have completed some shifts as a Poppy Partner and was fortunate to be assigned to Poppy HQ – sounds very grand- you will find us at the Wavell gate before you go into to see the sculpture. It is a real privilege to welcome visitors to Balhousie Castle and chat with them, even if it is apologising for the Scottish summer!  I have managed a greeting in Polish and a short conversation in French, and a hello in Spanish! It is very interesting to learn where our visitors have travelled from and find out why they are visiting; many have significant connections with the Black Watch Regiment.

I am thoroughly enjoying my time as a Poppy Partner and each time find myself really looking forward to the next shift. My experience so far has been very positive and has given me a great deal of pleasure.  At the moment I have committed most Saturday mornings for the duration of the installation and, if I am able to, would be happy to do any weekday sessions.   As the weeks go on I am looking forward to taking part in other Poppy Partner roles, such as the Craft Room, or at the Weeping Window – not so keen on the car park though!

Elizabeth Sime, Poppy Partner 2016

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The Museum of The Black Watch offers an insight into one of the British Army's if not the world's most famous fighting units. Scotland's Black Watch is an elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries.
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