To mark the Centenary of the end of WW1, local crafters are busy knitting and crocheting thousands of poppies for a Poppy Cascade in Kirkby.
So far, over 3,000 voluntary hours have been put in to create over 5,000 poppies as part of the project. in Kirkby in Ashfield.
Kirkby Craft Bombers, based at The Artful Buttoner on Kingsway, are hoping to hit their overall target of 10,000 poppies by September and are looking for even more support from the local community to do so.
Kirkby Craft Bombers recently received a grant of over £600 from the Ashfield Community Fund to help towards wool and other resources for the project.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “The Council are involved in a number of projects to celebrate the centenary of the end of WW1. The Poppy Cascade will create a moving tribute to those who fought in WW1 and other conflicts.
“The work that has already gone into the project is incredible and this is a great way for the community to come together and create something to remember them by”.
Claire Lilley, Owner of the Artful Buttoner says “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of poppies we have received so far but still need hundreds more. If anyone has any spare red wool they would like to donate please drop it at the shop and we’ll donate it to crafters who want to get involved.”
Once the target is reached, the Regent Wetherspoons will then host the poppies as a cascade, providing a spectacle for all Kirkby residents and visitors. The poppy cascade will be put together at Festival Hall in September and the group are again looking for volunteers to help with this part of the project. Annesley Primary School, who have donated over 1,200 poppies, will also be helping with the assembly of the cascade.
Poppies and/or wool can be dropped off at the Artful Buttoner or the Council Offices in Kirkby. Volunteers can also pick up wool and patterns at the Artful Buttoner to get involved and help celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War.