Poppies for Sale

If all goes to plan . . .

If it doesn’t rain on 28 October . . .

If anyone involved hasn’t come down with Covid . . .

. . . then you will see this red, knitted poppy arch grace the metal arch over the Grafton Road entrance to the churchyard.

This is the result of many hours of knitting both by club members, Geddington residents and other skilled knitters from outside our immediate community. It is our tribute to the work of The Royal British Legion, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  

Arch under construction
Arch under construction

But, as well as this visual tribute, there is a way of showing your financial appreciation of this amazing organisation, the RBL, and that is by buying the red poppy brooches on sale at this time of year.

The knitting club have taken this idea and made dozens of red poppies, in a variety of patterns, now on sale in the Church, in the Café Oak, in Geddington School, as well as a number of local care homes and hospitals.

Club members have generously sponsored the buying of the wool, which means that 100% of the sale of each poppy will go to the Royal British Legion !

In addition, and from 27 October (approx), we hope that you take the opportunity of visiting the church, where you will be able to see a small waterfall of red poppies falling from the Pulpit and the Lectern. We have been very grateful for Revd Gillian’s support and encouragement for this project and hope that we can improve on it next year!

So, who are the club members? Well, as was explained in the summer issue of The Newsletter, we are one of the most informal clubs in the village, with no regular format, no meeting place rent, not even a committee. But, if you have visited the Café Oak on a Friday morning between 10 – 11.30am, at any time or date, then we regard you as a member. So welcome to the Club.

We’ve been asked: “What is the next project?” Well, I understand that there is some blue wool being passed around. And mention of football scarves? Perhaps all will be revealed over the coming winter months.

Do come along to the Café Oak, any Friday between 10am and 11.30am, you will be very welcome. Want to get in touch for any reason? Then contact any of these knitters:

Nicky Brice Tel: 746034, 46 West St, email: nickybrice@yahoo.co.uk
Jean Gingell Tel: 742490, 14A Newton Road, email: cyril.gingell@btinternet.co.uk
Pam Hopkins Tel: 742292, 9 Grafton Road, email: pamhopkins747@btinternet.co.uk