Brackley Community Poppy Project
Earlier in the year, when Councillors agreed to adopt the idea of a 'Poppy Mile' for this special centenary year, we had no idea that the residents' efforts would result in the spectacle that it has.
Our first idea of planting poppies proved to be problematic – they don't generally flower in November! A change of plan was called for and, in late spring, a call went out for volunteers to knit, sew, crochet, or make by any means, poppies for a display in the town centre, and that is exactly what over 245 volunteers, who contributed to the project, have done.
The Knit & Natter Group have been doing just that, projects started in some of our residential homes (courtesy of Borras Construction Ltd who provided the wool), schools have made pompoms, the Brownies and Rainbows have made felt poppies and in homes across the town, and beyond, poppies have been knitted and crocheted in their thousands. We had some made in the USA, some in France and a great many produced outside of Brackley.
For a week, the lower hall in the Town Hall was home to a 'sewing bee' made up of further volunteers sewing the poppies onto netting to create the grand finale. With the help of the Council's Groundsmen, swags of poppies are draped the height of the Town Hall, with the new steps featuring further cascade of poppies. The bollards and lamp posts all have smart red collars, and the picket fencing protecting the swags has felt poppies to finish off the display. Thank you to all of our residents who contributed, time, effort and materials - 10,245 poppies, produced with love, to remember the fallen in this very special year.
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:47 by Linda Carter