Perhaps you like knitting or crocheting? Do you know what “yarn-bombing” is? It is the activity of covering structures in public places with sewn, knitted or crocheted material as a form of street art.
For the centenary of the end of the First World War, it is planned to “yarn-bomb” the War Memorial and railings of Pett Church with knitted, crocheted or sewn poppies. Pett WI, POPPS and the whole village are getting involved but anyone can have a go! Many, many poppies will be needed and donations of wool or non-fraying material, and black buttons for the poppy centres will also be needed. If you want to make poppies for the animals, you can use pale mauve and conscientious objectors are encouraged to make white poppies.
Nearer the time, villagers will be invited to sponsor a poppy to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.
So… if you want to take part, there are very simple patterns available and even if you are a novice knitter/crocheter, a poppy can be made in less than an hour on these winter evenings. If you prefer, you can use a pattern from the internet. Once done, just look for the poppy-decorated boxes in TicToc, the Butcher’s, Pett Church, and the Methodist Church. Or drop them off at a WI meeting in Pett Village Hall, at POPPS on a Tuesday morning, or at Heather Godwin’s home, No.2 Brambletye, Pett Road (2 doors away from the Methodist Church).
If you want a knitting/crochet pattern, see Heather, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org