On the 6th July 2018 we launched Appletye and as we approach our second anniversary we have been looking back on how and why we formed.

The origins of Appletye can be traced back to a project called ‘From Wasteland to Wasteland’. 

Following a visit to the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme Battlefields in 2015 and the impact this site had on her, Dawn Cole invited 4 artists, Dan Thompson, Lorna Dallas-Conte, Graham Ward and Helder Clara to join her to develop a project in response to the crater. With the support of the Lochnagar Crater Foundation and a grant from Arts Council England we worked together to develop the From Wasteland to Wasteland project which took place in 2017/18. During this project it became clear that we all worked well together, that there was the potential for other projects and when Lorna, Dan and Dawn put their heads together the idea for Appletye was born.

Throughout our two years we have kept in close contact with Lochnagar Crater Foundation and every year we have travelled out to the crater to take part in the 1st July commemorative service. When the foundation made the announcement that this year’s ceremony would not take place we were very happy to be able to offer our assistance in helping them to develop ideas and create an online commemoration instead.

Appletye would not exist were it not for the Lochnagar Crater. So we are extremely proud to have been invited to be a part of the team that created and developed the film that will be shared live on the Lochnagar Crater Foundations website at 7:28 (BST) on 1st July. 

The Foundation’s press release is below and we invite you to join us in taking the Lochnagar Promise to the Fallen

I promise to honour all those who fell

and to strive each day

to make the world around us

a place of more compassion and kindness;

respect and tolerance; forgiveness

and reconciliation.

Let us now, in their honour, wage peace.’


Here is the Foundation’s Press release:

An invitation from the Lochnagar Crater Foundation to join us on July 1st

for a unique international commemoration to foster Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation

For over four decades, at 07.28 on July 1st each year, we have gathered at the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme to honour the men and women of all nations who fell during the First World War. 

In this exceptional year, being unable to have our usual gathering, we have prepared a short film (7mins 28secs long) to share our ongoing commitment to Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation. It will be available to view at www.lochnagarcrater.org from 0728hrs (BST) on Wednesday July 1st.

We are encouraging everyone, on that day and at a place of their choosing, to record and post their own personal act of remembrance to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any social media platforms using #Somme2020.

We are also inviting them to read and share, as we do in the film, ‘The Lochnagar Promise to the Fallen’.


‘I promise to honour all those who fell, and to strive each day, to make the world around us,

a place of more compassion and kindness; respect and tolerance; forgiveness and reconciliation.

Let us now, in their honour, wage peace.’



Subject to technical conditions, we will also be broadcasting a brief symbolic wreath-laying, direct from the Lochnagar Crater via Facebook Live-stream, at 07.28 French time (06.28 BST) on the morning of July 1st. To access the live-stream please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/205806529918463/


For more information about The Lochnagar Crater Foundation and its vision, please visit www.lochnagarcrater.org