Public encouraged to make poppies for Armistice 100
Residents are being encouraged to crochet poppies or make them from clay, so that they can be involved in the public displays which will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The anniversary has become known as ‘Armistice 100’.
Members of Dodington Parish Council, Yate Town Council, Yate Parish and Yate and District Rotary Club recently joined local residents to make clay poppy prototypes. Materials and instruction packs have now gone out to all local schools which will be producing their own clay poppies during October. They will contribute to a Poppy Peace Garden which will be on display at St Mary’s Church in Yate, and St John’s Church in Chipping Sodbury from 27th October.
Anyone who would like to make clay poppies can find instructions on the South Gloucestershire Council Website along with other WW1 activities. Knitted and crocheted poppies, in both red and purple, are still needed. They will be used in Yate, where they will cascade down the tower of St Mary’s Church. As part of a Sodbury In Bloom project they will also decorate the railings outside St John’s Church.
Patterns for knitted and crocheted poppies can be found online, and there is also a blog on www.yateparish.org They are also available to collect form Yate Town Council and Dodington Parish Council offices.
In the run up to Armistice there will be a walking trail around sites which were used in WW1; art installations and displays in local churches, and a First World War History Day at Yate Heritage Centre on 3rd November 2018.
On Sunday 11 November there will be a Remembrance Parade & Service taking place in the morning in Yate, and in the afternoon in Chipping Sodbury. The day will end at 7pm with the lighting of beacons at Tyler’s Field, Shireway Community Centre Yate and The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury.