Council calls on knitters to create Remembrance Day poppy display

Published: 01 August 2017

Crochet-and-knitted-poppyEast Peckham Parish Council would like to invite individuals, groups and organisations to take part in a knitted poppy appeal, which is being launched by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to commemorate this year’s Remembrance Day.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is working with the Royal British Legion to create a carpet of knitted or crocheted poppies and is inviting people to get out their knitting needles to support the project. Several other councils in Kent are also supporting the campaign by launching similar projects in their own districts.

In Tonbridge and Malling, thousands of knitted poppies will be needed to create a spectacular display, which will be unveiled at Tonbridge Castle on 27 October to mark the start of this year’s official RBL poppy appeal. It is hoped that the knitted poppy carpet can also be displayed at various other points around the borough to mark Armistice Day (11 November) and Remembrance Sunday (12 November).

It would be wonderful if individuals, groups and organisations would like to be involved either by knitting poppies or, if knitting is not your thing, then by helping to attach the poppies on to a special backing material to create the final carpet.

The aim of the project is to create an artistic masterpiece and raise awareness of the Royal British Legion’s annual poppy appeal and the tremendous work achieved through their fundraising.

The poppies can be any size and follow any pattern. There are lots of patterns available on the internet including some on the Royal British Legion website

Knitters are asked to hand in their poppies by Monday 23 October at any of the following locations:

  • Tonbridge Gateway – Castle Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BG
  • Tonbridge Library – 1 Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge TN9 1TG
  • Borough Green Library – High Street, Borough Green, TN15 8BJ
  • Larkfield Library – Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW
  • Snodland Library – 15-17 High Street, Snodland, ME6 5DA
  • Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council offices – Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, ME19 4LZ

If you would like to take part in the project, please feel free to start knitting and drop your poppies off at the collection points around the borough. If you think you can help attach the poppies to the carpet or you have spare red or black wool that could be passed on to knitters, please get in touch by email poppies@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876008.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.