WHY ARE YOU COLLECTING POPPIES? The display will be a community tribute to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. It will commemorate those who have served their country, and those whose lives have been touched by conflict.
WHEN DO YOU WANT THE POPPIES? Anytime between now and October 2018. Any poppies that are donated before the end of the exhibition will be added to the display.
HOW CAN I MAKE A POPPY? Poppies can be made in whatever way you choose – e.g. knitted, crocheted, felt, sewn, carved, painted, paper, embroidered etc.
WHAT SORT OF POPPIES DO YOU WANT? See the answer above.
CAN I MAKE MORE THAN ONE POPPY? Certainly! We shall need thousands, so the more the better!
WHAT SIZE POPPIES DO YOU WANT? Any size, but preferably not too tiny – they will need to be visible from a distance.
HAVE YOU GOT ANY PATTERNS? Yes, there is a direct link from the Home Page to some suggested patterns.
CAN I USE MY OWN PATTERN? Absolutely.
I WANT TO MAKE A POPPY BUT CAN’T AFFORD THE MATERIALS. CAN YOU HELP? Yes indeed. Please send us an email and we can sort out the details privately.
HOW CAN I GET MY POPPY TO YOU? Either drop them off to one of our “Poppy Stations” or post them to St Mary’s Church, Old Square, Warwick. CV34 4RA. Otherwise, if you are local to Warwick, please email and we can arrange collection.
WHERE ARE THE “POPPY DROP” STATIONS? St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Old Square, Warwick. Fusilier Museum, St John's House, Warwick. Warwick Wools, 17 Market Place, Warwick. Thomas Oken Tea Rooms, 20 Castle Lane, Warwick. Quilters’ Den, Smith Street, Warwick. Market Hall Museum, Market Place, Warwick Sew Arty, Station Road, Kenilworth. Royal Fabrics and Haberdashery, 4 Church Walk, Leamington. Priors House Care Home, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa. Royal Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa Coopers Estate Agents, 22 New Union Street, Coventry
I DON’T LIVE IN WARWICK, CAN I STILL CONTRIBUTE? Yes indeed! We even have someone in America who is busy knitting!
WILL I GET MY POPPY BACK AFTERWARDS? Most unlikely, unless it is an especially large poppy. With so many poppies, it will not be possible to reunite them with their donor.
CAN I DEDICATE MY POPPY/IES? Yes – you can attach a tag, or we can attach your poppy to a wooden cross, upon which we will inscribe the chosen name.
I CAN’T MAKE A POPPY BUT I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE. CAN I BUY OR SPONSOR A POPPY? Yes – please send us an email and we will contact you with the finer details.
IS THERE A CRAFT CIRCLE OR GROUP WHERE WE CAN GATHER AND MAKE POPPIES TOGETHER? We shall be running some dedicated workshops within the Warwick area – watch the website for details of up and coming events. Several local knitting groups are already knitting and we can send you details on request.
CAN CHILDREN GET INVOLVED? Very much so – children are a particular focus of the project. A growing number of local schools are already on board; there will hopefully be school holiday activities around Warwick during the summer of 2018.
I’D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO HELP DEFRAY YOUR COSTS. HOW CAN I DO THIS? This would be very gratefully received – it will be expensive to organise and erect the display. Please either send a cheque, payable to “Warwick Poppies”, to The Poppy Team, St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for our bank details.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I VISIT THE DISPLAY? The display will be formally opened at a Gala Dinner on Friday 5th October 2018. It will then be open 7 days a week (10am-4pm) until early December 2018
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE POPPIES AFTERWARDS? Some poppies will be kept by St Mary’s Church, to form part of our annual Service of Remembrance. Some will be sold to Church visitors.
IF YOU RAISE ANY MONEY DURING THE DISPLAY, WHERE WILL IT GO? Any profit will be shared equally between the Royal British Legion and St Mary’s Church.
I’VE GOT A GOOD IDEA THAT I THINK WOULD HELP YOU CAMPAIGN, WHAT DO I DO? Get in touch! We’d be happy to hear your suggestions.
DO YOU HAVE A MAILING LIST? Yes – and we can add your name, just send us an email request to email@example.com