Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. Poppy Campaign 2018
A Community Tribute
Patron: The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire - Timothy Cox "I am delighted to be Patron of this excellent initiative which I know will create a memorable tribute to the many citizens of our County who fought in the First World War. St Mary's Church in Warwick will be a splendid setting. I encourage as many community groups, schools, businesses and individuals to support it in whatever way they can. Please do not hesitate to contact our team with your ideas, suggestions and offers of help."
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 will be launched in late 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 could be provided on request. Individuals could if they wish dedicate a poppy to a specific person. The option will also be 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.
The display will be in place for the High Sherriff’s Service, the Regimental Service, Remembrance Sunday, Victorian Evening and the Christmas Tree Festival. 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.