First of all, thank you to all who have been knitting and crocheting poppies for the celebration of 100 years since the end of WW1 on 11 November.
We would like to collect in all you’ve done so far by Saturday 20 October so that we can decide where, and how, to assemble them, and have them up from about 4 November.
They will probably cascade in some way down the Lych Gate (we are asking permission from the PCC and the Parish Council) as we may not have enough for the church tower – but this has advantages in being more visible from Main Street, and can be admired more easily by anyone going through the churchyard to church or school. It’s also in view of the War Memorial.
Please put your poppies in the collection boxes in the church or the shop, or bring them to the porch of 1 The Cross (Andrew & Polly Morrow).
We’d really like them in a bag with your name on, so that we can thank everyone who took part, and keep a proper record of the project. But we’re very happy to have them contributed anonymously of course.
Please don’t stop making poppies on 20 October – we’ll go on adding any we get up to the time we put the finished display together.
It’s not (quite) too late to start making poppies – there are more details and patterns in both the shop and the church.
You can use the patterns supplied, or use others available online from other groups taking part in this project nationwide. Or make up your own!
These are our requirements:
1. MOST IMPORTANT is that the poppies are made with a ‘poppy red’ shade of wool: nothing even hinting of purple, pink or orange!
2. Use any double knitting wool in poppy red and black that you have.
3. Use any pattern that you can find that’s already been used for the national poppy project. Some are very simple; some are quite complex.
4. The poppies need to be not too big or too small, but we do want a variety of sizes and patterns. A diameter range of roughly 8 – 12 cm is suitable.
5. They don’t need any sort of stalk or leaves.
There will be updates on the project in The Beacon, and on the Community website – https://blackawtoncommunity.com/
If you have any questions, please phone Polly Morrow 01803 712242.