Our video below provides background and information on the campaign.
St Mary's Church Warwick has a rich and proud history of involvement in military life, through our famous Royal Warwickshire Regimental Chapel and our central role in civic life. It is fitting that we should aim to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918 through a special event to take place towards the end of 2018.
We are organising a temporary installation of a display of knitted or handmade craft poppies throughout October and November 2018, donated by members of the congregation and beyond. With sufficient quantity, they will be displayed flowing out from the Regimental Chapel and out into and around Church. It will look spectacular, be very moving, highly topical and enhance our praise and worship at this memorable time.
A public campaign was launched at a gala event on 5th September 2017 to invite the public, church congregation, others in Warwick, schoolchildren, those with Regimental links and those whose relatives served in the Armed Forces, to contribute a poppy knitted, crocheted or made using a standard template which can be provided on request. Individuals can if they wish dedicate a poppy to a specific person. You can read about the launch from the great article in the Warwick Courier here
The option is also available for “non-knitters” to fund a poppy made by someone else, and for sponsorship to be provided by various organisations such as wool suppliers etc.
We are planning for the display to be in place for the High Sherriff’s Service, the Regimental Service, Remembrance Sunday, Victorian Evening and the Christmas Tree Festival in 2018. There will also be wrap-around events or concerts, and a gala dinner.
Members of the public visiting the display will be invited to donate to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Church funds.
This website contains background information on the campaign, details of knitting patterns and how you can contribute, frequently answered questions, details of our supporters, and information for visitors to Warwick. We also publish a regular newsletter.