Poppy appeal donation from poetry sales

PUBLISHED: 12:25 05 November 2012

Alan Chilvers presenting Jean Sell with £120 for the Royal British Legion's Watton and District Branch poppy appeal.

Alan Chilvers presenting Jean Sell with £120 for the Royal British Legion's Watton and District Branch poppy appeal.


A Royal British Legion (RBL) standard bearer who wrote a collection of poems based in everyday life has donated £120 to the poppy appeal.

Alan Chilvers, of Goldfinch Way, Watton, sold Poems From a Silly Grandad – a title inspired by his four-year-old granddaughter Maisie, also from Watton - earlier this year.

His book was sold at Edwards Newsagent on Watton High Street and Witley’s Newsagents, High Street, Hunstanton, and £1 from each sale went towards the RBL’s Watton and District Branch poppy appeal.

He presented the cheque to Jean Sell, honorary organiser for the Watton and District Branch poppy appeal, in the High Street on Saturday, November 3.

Mr Chilvers, a retired postman, said: “I’m quite satisfied with how many books I sold. I didn’t expect to sell that many. I want to thank family, friends and the public for supporting me.”

Mrs Sell said: “It all helps nicely towards the collection, which we hope to get to over £12,000. The book has gone down well with people. Every little penny helps.”

There are still 70 copies of the book available, which can be bought from Mr Chilvers. He can be contacted by ringing 07749 276676 or emailing

Poppies will be sold on Watton High Street between 9am and noon on Wednesday, November 7, and Saturday, November 10. They will also be sold at Tesco in Watton on Wednesday, November 7, Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, between 9am and 4.30pm.

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