Meet Bud. Our truck that is travelling Scotland sharing our archive, veterans’ stories and the poppy’s heritage.

A year in Bud
Here’s what we have achieved in our first year since
hitting the road in April 2019.
11810
Miles
97
Schools
30
Events
726
Journeys
27
Authorities
13000
Visitors

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At the heart of every poppy is a person’s unique emotions, opinions and stories and we’d love to hear yours

Bud has been on the road since April 2019, travelling across Scotland sharing the story of the poppy. Bud is helping us to challenge assumptions and create conversations. It’s the beginning of your remembrance journey. A place where you can learn, shape and share your own story of reflection and hope. Helping us keep remembrance relevant all year round.

Poppyscotland provides- life-changing support to those who have served, those still serving and their families. Our poppy was created 100 years ago, to provide vital support to the Armed Forces community which it still does today. It is also a symbol of remembrance, helping us to learn from the past to positively impact our future.

Meet the team

Say hello to our dedicated Bud team – our Learning Officers and Drivers who travel across Scotland sharing the story of the Poppy.

Kerry Crichton

Deputy Head of Learning and Outreach

Favorite feature on Bud?

In Flanders Field poem projection with audio effects.  It makes me emotional every time I stand and watch it through and reflect on the words.

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

Ben Wyvis Primary & Nursery School, Highlands.  A lovely school with a fabulous warm welcome from all the staff and pupils.

Intersting fact about yourself.

Over the last ten years, I have visited schools in every Local Authority in Scotland. It’s always a joy to meet learners and practitioners from schools of ten pupils to 2,000, with every visit I learn something new.

Casci Ritchie

Bud Coordinator

Favorite feature on Bud?

I love exploring the object-handling drawers and being able to hold the historic poppy-making objects – living history in your hands!

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

During the first week of working with Poppyscotland, I visited Bud for the first time during a visit at my old primary school, St. Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk. A very serendipitous moment!

Interesting fact about yourself.

I love archives and have volunteered with collections all over the UK.

Catherine Provan

Learning and Outreach Officer

Favorite feature on Bud?

The Talking Portraits where Lady Haig, a Poppyscotland volunteer, and two veterans from the Poppy Factory come to life to interact with each other and explain the history of Poppyscotland.

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

I have loved visiting all the schools and events all over Scotland that we have been to on Bud as everyone has made us feel so welcome! If I had to pick somewhere though it would have to be our visit to the Isle of Lewis. It was my first time on the island and it was wonderful to visit the schools as well as see some of the sights.

Interesting fact about yourself.

I once flew an RAF glider at JSSU Cyprus when my husband was stationed there and I was on holiday visiting him. It was a bit more nerve-wracking than driving Little Bud!

Laura O’Neill

Learning and Outreach Officer

Favorite feature on Bud?

The veteran factory workers interviews – I love seeing the people behind the Poppy.

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

Mull and all the little schools we visited there. The countryside and the warm welcome we received was wonderful!

Interesting fact about yourself.

I served as an Aircraft Engineer in the Royal Navy for 26 years. At age 32 I was the second-ever female to take a lynx aircraft flight to sea as the Senior Maintenance Rating.

 

Colin Telfer

Bud Driver

Favorite feature on Bud?

Hard to pick but it would be the Virtual Reality headsets. We showed a veteran who didn’t speak about his experiences but after hearing others talk about their experiences on the VR he opened up about his. His wife was very surprised!

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

The Isle of Lewis – we went to the Iolaire Memorial which was emotional due to the tragic deaths. On the same trip, we went to Laxdale Primary School, where the kids had 2 or 3 hours to practice In Flanders Field for us to video, they were fantastic, they did really well in the short time they had, I felt that this is what the Project is all about.

Interesting fact about yourself.

I worked with adults and children with additional needs taking them to adult training centers and school.  I also worked with all ages in the community when I worked in a Community Centre that was based in a deprived area.

 

 

 

 

John McCrory

Bud Driver

Favorite feature on Bud?

The transformer function, Virtual Reality head-sets, kettle and the biscuit shelf!

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

Montrose Air Station Open Day August 2019 – Bud was right on the runway!

Interesting fact about yourself.

From the age of 16 – 24, I served a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Barr and Stroud Anniesland making laser rangefinders for tanks and submarine periscopes..

Sandra Comrie

Bud Volunteer Support Coordinator

Favorite feature on Bud?

The Talking Head Portraits.

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

My favourite place with Bud was in Edinburgh at the pipe band championships.

Interesting fact about yourself.

I learned so much more being on Bud than I ever did in the classroom.

Yvonne Caddell

Learning Programme Officer

Favorite feature on Bud?

The Talking Portraits – captivating and moving. Harry Potter meets Lady Haig!

Favourite place you have visited on Bud?

Callendar House, Falkirk – it has a beautiful vibe.

Interesting fact about yourself.

I penned the lyrics for Poppyscotland’s Early Years song ‘The Wheels on Bud Go-Round and Round’. Watch this space for our song’s release date!

Bud

Poppyscotland Travelling Museum

Favourite feature on board?

Our poppy-making station, I think we’ve made over 50,000 poppies so far!

Favourite place you have visited?

Definitely a big fan of car washes, I always feel my best when I’m sparkly clean.

Interesting fact about yourself?  

I am a completely unique bespoke truck – there’s no one quite like me. I travel alongside Little Bud, a Mercedes Sprinter van and together we hold everything you need to have a great Poppyscotland visitor experience – wherever you are in Scotland!

Volunteer with Bud

Did you know you can volunteer on Bud? Click the link below to find out more about this exciting opportunity.