A cascade of 1000 poppies will embellish the entrance of Weavers’ Court in Alnwick to remember the fallen this Remembrance Day.
Residents and visitors at Weavers’ Court, one of Karbon Homes' Extra Care schemes, have marked the World War One centenary’s Remembrance Day by transforming the ground floor reception area into their very own memorial with a waterfall of hand knitted and crocheted poppies.
Liz Pratt, Extra Care Scheme Manager at Weavers’ Court, said: “With this year being the centenary year of WW1, we wanted to mark Remembrance Day by doing something a bit different.”
So Liz enlisted the help of the Weavers’ Court Wooley Weavers, a knitting and crochet group that meets every week in the building.
“I put the idea of creating a poppy installation to the group, who were really eager and excited about the project and got to work straight away. However it was a photo I posted online of the group at work which changed everything.”
The photo Liz posted on the Weavers’ Court Facebook page received an overwhelming response, and the group started to receive donations of knitted poppies to add to the installation from members of the local community.
“We were receiving poppies through the post, having them hand delivered to reception. It was brilliant to see how many people wanted to get involved in the project. “As word got around of what was going on, we had a lot of people mentioning that they would have loved to contribute but they couldn’t knit or crochet. So we decided to run a felt poppy workshop, so others could add their creation to the cascade.”
The final result was a cascade of over 1,000 poppies, unveiled on the 1st November by the Wooley Weavers group at their weekly meeting.
Liz added: “It’s created a real buzz around the place, and when the sun shines through the front door on to the red, it really brightens up the place. It’s wonderful to see how proud everyone is of what’s been created.
“It doesn’t matter if people have played a big or small part, the outcome is that something has been achieved together.
“We love projects like this create a real sense of community and provide an opportunity to socialize, build friendships, and help to tackle loneliness and isolation.”
The memorial cascade has been the perfect welcome to the centre this week as Weavers’ Court has hosted an array of activities leading up to its annual Remembrance Service with Alnwick Baptist Church which took place on Friday 9th November.
Activities have include a coffee morning and talk from former Royal Navy wren Catherine Davies, and a morning of war time era singing and reminiscing.