‘Amazing Response’ for Warwick Poppies 2018

Any funds raised by the exhibition will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and St. Mary’s Church

Thousands of handmade poppies have been arriving at St. Mary’s Church for a spectacular display to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I on 11th November 1918.

The volunteer group organising ‘Warwick Poppies 2018’, say the appeal for poppies has generated a huge amount of interest. “There has been an amazing response, from schools, local organisations like the Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Woodloes Evening Townswomen’s Guild, youth groups and individuals, all making poppies from felt, metal or cardboard, or knitting and crocheting them”.

The poppies are being carefully counted and kept in a storage unit before being used to decorate the interior of he church in time for a launch event on 5th October. The aim is to have at least 11,610 poppies, one for every member of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died in the Great War.

Many people have been bringing in photographs, letters and other memorabilia relating to their relatives; some of these are displayed on memory boards near the Regimental Chapel and the marble and alabaster monument commemorating The Fallen from the county.

There is more information on our Warwick Poppies 2018 page, and news and instructions on how to make poppies on the project website www.warwickpoppies.org.uk Their Facebook page is ‘Warwick Poppies 2018’ and follow them on Twitter @WarwickPoppies.