A few years ago Crantock WI member Salli Blackford started knitting poppies with other members, and this spread to a local craft group, then all over the country as visitors sent parcels of poppies in.
Last year, Crantock WI felt that animals had not been represented, so the members covered a horse’s frame with purple poppies. This year he has returned, joined by a foal.
Another new addition to the commemoration has been devised by Linda Hallwood, Crantock WI President. Linda is not a knitter, so has designed clay poppies based on the Tower of London poppies idea. Linda says, “I held a number of sessions over the summer and autumn to show members and women from the village how to make them. We have produced over 200!” The clay poppies flow down the path from St Carantock church. Finally, members felt they should not forget the role women played in the war, so they have also created a silhouette of a woman in uniform.
Linda says, “It has been a marvellous coming together of women led by a simple wish to raise money for a good cause, The Royal British Legion, and remember those who gave their lives.”