Knit­ted pop­pies make an im­pact at church

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­son@reach­plc.com

MEM­BERS of a vil­lage com­mu­nity have knit­ted hun­dreds of pop­pies to com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Now the dis­play is fea­tured in St Luke’s Church in En­don.

Church mem­ber Maryanne Lloyd came up with the idea after be­ing in­spired by the Weep­ing Pop­pies at The Tower of Lon­don and Mid­dle­port Pot­tery.

Many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and be­yond con­trib­uted to the mak­ing of red and pur­ple pop­pies and the do­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als, with some pop­pies be­ing posted from peo­ple in Lon­don.

Rev­erend Alan Betts said: “We are over the moon, it is just a stun­ning dis­play. It has been a com­mu­nity ef­fort. It has an im­pact and it is meant to have an im­pact. The Great War was just a colos­sal loss of lives on both sides.”

Linda Foster said: “We have re­ally en­joyed do­ing the pop­pies, and it was very worth­while.”

The main re­mem­brance ser­vice at St Luke’s will be held on Sun­day at 10.45am.

The church will be open on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12 from 10am un­til 12.30pm, with tea and cakes avail­able for visi­tors who come to see the poppy dis­play to­gether with and white flo­ral ar­range­ments cre­ated by the flower club as a sign of peace.

Pic­tured with the knit­ted pop­pies are con­trib­u­tors Sue For­rester and Linda Foster at the front, with Avril Weaver, Ann Boul­ton, and Kath­leen Red­man be­hind.

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