A few weeks ago we were asked if we had time to meet some special visitors from Great Yarmouth at the Millennium Library in Norwich as they had some poppies to pass on for our poppy project.
When the group arrived we found it was more than a ‘few’ poppies as in fact the Age Connected ‘knit and knatter’ group at the ACORN Centre in Yarmouth handed over a staggering 1011 poppies!
Margaret Rice and some of her fellow knitters came to the city to hand the sackful of poppies over in person and in particular pointed out the 3 very special ones which Margaret knitted with glitter in memory of her three uncles Arthur Williams Goldstink, Charles Samuel Goldstink and Herbert James Goldstink who died during this time.
What made this day more special was that Margaret has not been in the city for almost 40 years!
(L-R) Sarah Salmon, Norfolk Libraries; Sarah Lee, Age Connected; knitters Sue Gibbs, Janet Laxon, Rita Evans and in front is Margaret Rice.
Jackie Tierney from the ACORN centre told us how knitting is a great way to bring people together and that the group always has a knitting project of some sort going on. The knitters are now busy knitting smoothie hats to support AGE UK’s big knit,and their target this year is just over 6000 which in light of their wonderful poppies I think they will reach!
To keep the knitters going they are always looking for donations of wool so if any one can help or would like to join the group the ACORN Centre is open Monday to Friday – so why not pop in for a cuppa and see what they are up too.
We are really touched by just how many people are responding to our Poppy Plea, and how it is encouraging people to connect with the history of their local areas. Today’s update comes from King’s Lynn.
Barbara from All Saints Church in Hillington Square, King’s Lynn writes:
Members of the congregation of the Church I attend, All Saint’, Hillington Square, King’s Lynn (http://www.allsaintskingslynn.org.uk/) were impressed to hear about your Project.
We decided to produce a poppy for each life lost from our Parish, whose name is engraved on the memorial window in the Church, 169 in total.
The response has been amazing and people were very keen to participate. We have made 220 poppies in total.
The poppies are displayed on a board within the church and there are exactly 169 poppies within the Crucifix itself.
Barbara and her fellow knitters have also said that this memorial to the fallen of their Parish will stay on display until the end of September and then they are very kindly going to send all 220 poppies into our bigger project to contribute to our countywide memorial.
Thanks to Barbara for sharing this story with us. If you would like to make a poppy or 2 for our project then you can find all of the details here and please do let us know of any of your own Armistice 100 projects.
A little while ago we received an email letting us know that our Poppy appeal has spread transatlantic and that we were to expect a delivery soon. Well this turned out to be a little bit of an understatement…
Our crafter in America, Marion, had been told of our project by her nephew’s fiancée and it really seems to have resonated with her (and to be honest her whole family) and on a recent visit to the UK Marion with many of her family came into the Millennium Library to present us with their contribution – somehow in their luggage they managed to pack 400+ beautiful woollen poppies.
Marion and her family at the library. Included in the photo with Marion are Maureen and Martin (sister and brother-in-law) Linda (sister) John (nephew) and Georgina (nephew’s fiancée)
The family haven’t stopped there and since Marion has been home she has been knitting again, and this time her daughter, Sandra, has joined in making felt poppies
Marion and Sandra have set themselves the task of contributing 1000 poppies to our project and we extend our deepest thanks to the whole family for their contribution.
If you would like to help us reach our total of 15,500 poppies then please do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and for sample patterns visit https://norfolkinworldwar1.org/commemorating-the-fallen-of-norfolk/
To ensure that the poppies are ready for display in November 2018 please can we receive any poppies by 8th October 2018.