Northill and Ickwell villagers knit 10,000 poppies for church display

PUBLISHED: 13:08 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 07 November 2018

St Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David Wingfield

St Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David Wingfield

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Northill and Ickwell villagers have collectively knitted and crocheted more than 10,800 poppies to be displayed at St Mary the Virgin Church until Sunday.

St Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David WingfieldSt Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David Wingfield

The display – which was created by knitters of all ages – has been mounted on to the exterior walls of the Northill church as part of the parish’s celebrations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Poppy festival organiser Vicki Wingfield said: “There are now no survivors of the fighting and very few people alive with any actual memories other than from films and photographs.

“With each passing year such events may seem too remote to the younger generations and it is important that people today remember the great sacrifice made by the many young men to defend our freedoms both then and more recently.

“The objective of the festival was to mark this important event and also to encourage an even greater community spirit within what is already a very supportive community.

St Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David WingfieldSt Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David Wingfield

“We wanted to involve as many people from as many backgrounds and age groups as possible.

“We believe that this objective has been achieved, with over 100 knitters who made over 10,800 poppies, well over 100 people who tied poppies onto the nets, the many beautiful displays in the church made by local groups, including the two local lower schools who wrote poems and made poppies and pictures.

“It’s a tremendous effort from them all.”

Indoor displays for the church include a historical presentation depicting village life before, during and after the war.

St Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David WingfieldSt Mary Virgin Church in Northill marks 100 years since the end of the First World War with giant poppy display. Picture: David Wingfield

The presentation includes details of brave men from the parish who left to fight, those who lost their lives and family memories.

Other remembrance events include a screening of Oh, What a Lovely War tomorrow – doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is free, but donations are asked for refreshments.

There will also be a First World War themed community concert with music, poetry, readings on Saturday from 7pm.

Tickets are £10 per person and include wine and a light snack.

All proceeds will be shared between St Mary the Virgin Church and the Royal British Legion.

The church will be open between 10am and 3pm daily during the poppy festival.

For concert tickets or further information, call 01767 627551.

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