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18/09/17
Members of the Warwick Poppies 2018 committee at the launch.

A campaign to gather thousands of handmade poppies to make a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War has been launched at St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick. Set up by a small group of St Mary’s congregation members, the year-long Warwick Poppies 2018 project aims to gather as many poppies as possible to create a stunning display throughout October and November 2018 to commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

The idea behind Warwick Poppies 2018 came from a Christmas tree submitted by the Warwick Women’s Institute to the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s last year. Rather than being decorated with Christmas decorations, the tree was decorated with poppies. The WI’s tree captivated visitors to St Mary’s who voted it as the winning tree at the festival. 

At the beginning of 2017, the Warwick Poppies 2018 committee came together and started planning and fundraising for the official launch of the project which successfully took place at a gala event on the 5th September at St Mary’s. The patron for the project, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox, spoke at the event and around 150 guests were treated to an amazing visual display that illuminate the walls and pillars and shone poppies onto the ceiling.

Guests at the launch were told that the Warwick Poppies 2018 minimum target is 11,610 poppies, one for every life lost during WW1 from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment alone. Currently the committee has collected nearly 2000 poppies, many of which were prepared for display at a series of craft workshops held in August. But some have been sent in from further afield, with people from Australia, New Zealand and the United States hearing about the project on Facebook and sending in their handmade poppies. 

The poppy display will be in place for the High Sheriff’s Service, the Regimental Service, Warwick Victorian Evening and the Christmas Tree Festival in 2018. There will also be a gala dinner to celebrate the installation of the display in October 2018. Members of the public visiting the display will be invited to donate to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Church funds.

The Warwick Poppies 2018 committee is encouraging church congregations, school children, craft groups and individuals to donate poppies. The poppies can be knitted, crocheted or made using felt. When finished, the poppies can be dropped off at ‘Poppy Drop Stations’ in Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and Coventry. Members of the committee are also available to come to talk to groups about the campaign and the significance of poppies.

To find out more see the Warwick Poppies 2018 website - www.warwickpoppies.org.uk, email the team on contact@warwickpoppies.org.uk and search ‘Warwick Poppies 2018’ on Facebook.

Poppy Drop Stations

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Old Square, Warwick.
Fusilier Museum, St John's House, Warwick.
Warwick Wools, 17 Market Place, Warwick.
Thomas Oken Tea Rooms, 20 Castle Lane, Warwick.
Quilters’ Den, Smith Street, Warwick.
Market Hall Museum, Market Place, Warwick
Sew Arty, Station Road, Kenilworth.
Royal Fabrics and Haberdashery, 4 Church Walk, Leamington.
Priors House Care Home, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa.
Royal Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
Coopers Estate Agents, 22 New Union Street, Coventry