Wearing poppies with pride

MHDE-01-11-11 POPPIES NOV02 (1)'Knitted poppies, Newnham Church.'Pictured are Jackie Peel & Jeff Lawrence
MHDE-01-11-11 POPPIES NOV02 (1)'Knitted poppies, Newnham Church.'Pictured are Jackie Peel & Jeff Lawrence

KNITTERS have been trying not to drop a stitch with a novel way to raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Members of Newnham Church and the others in the Knightley Parishes including Badby, Charwelton and Preston Capes, decided to ask people to knit or crochet poppies in the run up to Remembrance Day, and volunteers have been carefully crafting scores of the unique flowers.

The poppies are now being sold after services around the benefice.

Jeff Lawrence, churchwarden for Newnham, said: “There’s a group of us that comes up with new ideas to involve people and one person suggested knitting poppies.

“We thought it would be a good way for older people and younger people to work together.

“All we did was ask for people to take a bit of time and make some, either as a family or on their own, and we got a great response.

“We’ve been selling them after services around the area. We suggest people leave £2.50 for the smaller ones, and £5 for the larger ones.

“In the first weekend alone we raised £100.”

All money raised by the knitted poppies goes to this year’s Royal British Legion appeal.