Elsenham WI members knit and crochet 1,200 poppies for Remembrance Day
By Herts & Essex Observer Posted: November 06, 2015
Some of the poppies made by members of Elsenham WI
Members of Elsenham Women's Institute have knitted and crocheted more than 1,200 poppies for Remembrance Sunday.
As 2015 is the national WI's centenary year, they wanted to do something appropriate to mark the occasion.
"We sold all those created within days," said member Carol Cramer.
So far more than £800 has been raised for the Poppy Appeal.
"We've also made our own wreath remembering those who gave their lives, which again is knitted and crocheted and has different symbols of remembrance."
These are red poppies for those in the services, white poppies symbolising peace, purple poppies for animals lost, a cornflower for remembrance in France, forget-me-nots, which are an international symbol of remembrance, a white dove of peace and various flowers representing the loss of life of women.
Members of the WI will be creating a Field of Remembrance at the Memorial Gardens in Elsenham, inspired by the display at the Tower of London last year.
Following the Remembrance service around the Elsenham war memorial on Saturday (November 7) at 10.45am, Elsenham WI will be providing refreshments in the Memorial Hall.
Poppies and wreathes to be laid as we remember them
By: Saffron Walden Reporter
6th November 2015
In Elsenham on Saturday November 7, there will be a Remembrance Service in the village’s Memorial Gardens.
This year, new names have been placed on the war memorial of those connected to the village who fell in conflict in the years following the First World War.
Because 2015 is the Women’s Institute’s centenary year, Elsenham WI has knitted and crocheted over 1,200 poppies, all of which were sold within days. The group has also knitted a wreath remembering those who gave their lives, with different symbols of remembrance, red poppies for those in the services, white poppies symbolising peace, purple poppies for animals lost, a cornflower for remembrance in France, forget-me-knots, which are now an international symbol of remembrance, a white dove of peace and various flowers representing the loss of women’s lives.
A field of remembrance will be created at the Elsenham Memorial Gardens, inspired by the display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year.
After the service, refreshments will be provided in Elsenham Memorial Hall.