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Poppies knitted for St.James' Church, Christleton

Crafty Ladies Rise to the Challenge

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Had you been a member of the congregation at St. James’, Church, Christleton at the special Remembrance Service to mark one hundred year since the end of World War 1 on Sunday 11th November 2018 you may have noticed some fitting added decorations. In a church full to capacity our new rector The Revd Dr Stefan Collier mounted the pulpit draped with a large tank camouflage net to which were attached a large number of hand knitted red poppies. His moving sermon about the British nurse Edith Clavell. She sheltered some 200 Allied soldiers and helped then to escape from German occupied Belgium before being found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. She was executed by a German firing squad on 12th October 1915.

Two months or so previously our local historian David Cummings asked Material Girls, a group of local ladies who meet at the Methodist Chapel Hall every other Monday to knit some red poppies. Material Girls do craft work, passing on their expertise to others and fortified by tea, biscuits and a good natter. They rose to the challenge along with other ladies from Christleton and armed with large balls of red wool and dexterous fingers they produced this abundance of beautiful red poppies. On the day before the service the poppies were attached to the pulpit camouflage net whilst others were displayed along every window sill of the church.

The sturdy sandstone columns on either side of the church aisle were further adorned with tall single crafted poppies the stems made of green tape to which were attached a varying collection of personalised hearts made by Ann Barclay. In all a fitting spectacle for a very special day. Well done to all the girls involved.

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