Poppy pan­els adorn church

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

A poppy cas­cade will be draped on the out­side of the tower at a Keyn­sham church to hon­our the war dead. Keyn­sham in Bloom part­nered with Keyn­sham Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and St John’s Church to cre­ate the eye-catch­ing dis­play. The project has been dubbed “Knit to Re­mem­ber” and over the last few months res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups have knit­ted and cro­cheted more than 14,000 pop­pies. Women have helped to hand stitch the pop­pies onto net­ting at sev­eral work­shops over the last months. Four pan­els each mea­sur­ing four me­tres by two me­tres now hang down the out­side of the tower, to­gether with an ad­di­tional four pan­els which form a car­pet of pop­pies on the grass. Among those who con­trib­uted to the project were 100 pop­pies sent from a woman in Ire­land, while one of the knit­ted pop­pies was taken over to the Falk­land Is­lands by a Falk­land vet­eran, as a re­sult now one of the is­land’s res­i­dent has promised to knit a new poppy each year. Keyn­sham in Bloom has also handed out knit­ted pop­pies to lo­cal traders who will be putting to­gether dis­plays in their shop win­dows. A fur­ther 89 large wooden pop­pies have also been made for each of the 89 First World War fallen from Keyn­sham. These will be placed in front of the church. Grenville Jones from Golden Oldies is hold­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tion con­cert to­mor­row at the church where lo­cal chil­dren and res­i­dents will sing well known war songs.

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