Se­niors craft pop­pies

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Spring was in the air last week at the Waihi Hos­pi­tal and Rest Home with pop­pies blos­som­ing across the liv­ing room.

A team of rest home res­i­dents were craft­ing red pop­pies of all sizes, the smaller ones in felt as­sem­bled by the women.

The larger ones were painted bright red by the men un­der in­struc­tion from Waihi Ar­mistice 100 com­mit­tee mem­ber, Kr­ishna Buck­man.

The women made 58 pop­pies in just over an hour, and many said they en­joyed the process.

“It is bet­ter than our Mon­day bus trips, and I do en­joy the trips,” Glo­ria Ellmers said.

Ac­tiv­ity co-ordinator at the rest home Robyn Teague said she likes to see se­niors in­volved in a com­mu­nity-wide project.

“It is a lot of fun,” she said. St John Com­mu­nity Care Les­ley War­ren said that each poppy was unique. “Ev­ery­one has cre­ated some­thing dif­fer­ent in very lit­tle space of time,” she said.

Res­i­dents from Hether­ing­ton House also crafted but­toned­pop­pies, oth­ers made pur­ple pop­pies to re­mem­ber the an­i­mals which served dur­ing the war.

All the pop­pies will be on dis­play dur­ing the 100-year Ar­mistice three-day com­mem­o­ra­tions tak­ing place from Novem­ber 9 to 11.

The flow­ers will em­bel­lish 50 of the sol­diers’ por­traits which will be hung in­side the Me­mo­rial Hall.

What started as a com­mu­nity event has spread over­seas to Bris­bane, with peo­ple join­ing the “knit­ting army” cre­at­ing pop­pies of all shapes.

Around 18 com­mu­nity groups from Waihi, Waihi Beach, Katikati to Auckland, Tau­ranga and Te Anau are in­volved.

More than 1300 pop­pies have been cre­ated so far with a tar­get of 2000.

PHOTO / ME­LANIE CAMOIN.

Res­i­dents from the Waihi Rest Home cre­at­ing pop­pies be­fore the 100-year Ar­mistice cel­e­bra­tion in Waihi. From left Dorothy Curd, Shirley Smith, Waihi Rest Home ac­tiv­ity co-ordinator Robyn Teague, Glo­ria Ellmers, St John Com­mu­nity Care Les­ley War­ren, Gwen Robert­son and Phyl­lis Mil­ner.

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