Poppy ac­co­lade

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

They are made from felt, shells, pa­per and wool and stand as a stunning com­mem­o­ra­tion to the An­zac spirit.

Above the desk at Sum­mer­set Aotea Re­tire­ment Vil­lage’s front re­cep­tion, and over a nearby arch­way, are more than 2000 pop­pies made by res­i­dents. The arch­way was con­structed in poly­styrene by Richie Moore from the Poly Palace.

Karen White, ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor at Sum­mer­set, said it had been a fun and so­cial pas­time for res­i­dents over the past few months.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one has re­ally got into it and ev­ery poppy seems to be dif­fer­ent,’’ she said.

Res­i­dent Ca­role Wick­ens said the poppy idea came from the vil­lage’s recog­ni­tion of Ar­mistice Day last Novem­ber, when pop­pies were made. Many of Sum­mer­set’s res­i­dents have per­sonal con­nec­tions in the world wars, mak­ing the An­zac dis­play even more poignant.

‘‘ We had poppy- mak­ing ses­sions and peo­ple joined in when they could, show­ing off their par­tic­u­lar skills.’’

Sum­mer­set manager Becky Smith said the cre­ative tal­ent at the vil­lage was plen­ti­ful, and that had been one way to show it off.

It had been a hands-on way to re­mem­ber 100 years since the Gal­lipoli land­ings, she said.

There is also a wall dis­play of pho­tos, po­ems, songs, ser­vice records and mem­o­ries of World War I sol­diers.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Some of the cre­ative minds be­hind the dis­play. Clock­wise from left, Beryl Woods, June Cham­bers, Ca­role Wick­ens, Shirley Barker, Judy Tonks, Mavis Alexander and Lucy Worsnop.

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