A spectacular Festival of poppies will adorn St Oswald’s Church in Malpas when the village remembers the First World War this November. ‘Malpas 100 Years On” committee member and Chair of Malpas Flower Club, Janet Blake, is delighted with the huge response to an appeal to knit a range of poppy heads to be used for the memorial showcase.
“We really appreciate the time and commitment given by our creative local knitters,” says Janet, “thanks to their amazing response there will be around a thousand poppies in designs to commemorate the armed forces and volunteers as well as featuring the role of animals during the First World War.” Janet continues – “Poppies up the main aisle will depict the fields of France and barbed wire in some displays will serve to remind of the grim realities of war.”
Nifty fingers for delicate wiring by members of Malpas Flower Club is now progressing the detailed work required to fulfil floral displays planned for the entrance and interior of St Oswald’s. The work is part of preparations for the three-day commemoration event taking place in the village on 9th – 11thNovember to mark the 100thAnniversary of The Armistice.
“Our mission for the weekend is to remember and honour those who fought and died at the time of the Great War.” says Richard Hoffman, Chairman of Malpas 100 Years On committee. “The work being completed by local knitters and Malpas Flower Club will perfectly reflect our commemoration objectives and recognise the hardship and sacrifices endured. It’s wonderful to hear how much support Janet has received, enhancing community spirit is a big part of Malpas 100 Years On.”
Visitors over the weekend and those attending “The Armed Man” performance by Nantwich Choral Society on Friday 9thNovember, will be able to share with St Oswald’s Church congregations the splendid and respectful commemoration of 1918.