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Stockton's Poppy Project

The Knit and Natter group at St Michael's and All Angels Church in Stockton have decorated the entrance to the church with handmade poppies to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

The Knit & Natter group started meeting at the beginning of this year, after Stockton Church received a grant from the Diocesan Mission Fund. The group comprises of 25 ladies, some from the regular church congregations and some not. They meet in the church every Monday afternoon to knit and natter. As well as enjoying a cup of tea together, the group learn new skills (such as crocheting), and the sessions provide a safe space to share problems and have conversations about the Bible.

The Poppy Project started right away, with everyone in the group keen to knit or crochet their individual poppies. Even people from the wider community who do not come to the group joined in and sent poppies they had made. The poppies were then attached to netting and placed around the church porch, ready for the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday.

Now that the poppies are completed, the Knit and Natter group have moved onto a new project - making a knitted Nativity scene - which is sure to be popular at the Christmas services.

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