Poppies are usually associated with Remembrance Day in November, not April - but we wanted to tell you about our local charity's ongoing work for a very special Remembrance Day tribute this year. You can join with us in doing your bit to help, too - read on to find out how ...
Since last September, volunteers have been co-ordinating the creation of a huge display of knitted and handcrafted poppies in historic St Mary's Church, Warwick, from October to [early] December 2018. This will be to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War 1.
We spoke to Helen Fitzpatrick, one of the team heading the Warwick Poppies 2018 charity, to find out more about this inspiring project. In the best of the "war spirit", it seemed that everyone's been doing their bit to help!
The Warwickshire WI are designing an altar display with 2,000 poppies ... people are making individual poppies at Shopmobility's monthly workshops in Leamington ... our church congregation and people with regimental links, local schools and sea cadets, town associations and guilds have all got involved ... and many more. This tribute is engaging an entire community - and reaching far further afield than Warwickshire.
Volunteers have arranged an international poppy swap with Australia, Canadian refugees have been involved, and donations have been sent from New Zealand too.
So how can we - and you - help? By knitting, crocheting or crafting a poppy (or as many as you can). There are templates on St Mary's website - or you can design your own using tissue paper, felt or any other material you like! Felt kits are available from the organisers for a small charge of £2. You can also make a donation or provide sponsorship.
There's lots of information available from the above website. Proceeds raised from the event and related activities will be divided equally between St Mary's Church and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
We wish Helen and her team the very best with their project and congratulate them on all their hard work to date. We're really looking forward to seeing this extraordinary tribute at St Mary's Church later this year - and what more fitting way could there be to commemorate a very special Remembrance Day.