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Poppies galore at St Peter and St Paul’s

Sunday 3 November 2019, 15:03
By Janet Lowe

Parish Church ladies knitting poppies

Over the last few weeks, ladies from the congregation of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Wincanton have been busily knitting hundreds of poppies! Why? You may ask.

All the knitters have been persuading members of their family, friends and associates to sponsor them. Already, it has been estimated that over £1000 has been raised to help with the constant maintenance needed to keep our beautiful, historic Church open. For instance, only recently, it became necessary to replace all the external lights around the Church at a cost of over £1500. This has enabled all those who wish to use the surrounding footpaths in the dark to continue to do so in safety.

Eventually, the knitted poppies will be attached to some black netting to be hung from the pulpit in a spectacular cascade on Remembrance Sunday for all those attending the service to witness.

The Remembrance Poppy was adopted as a symbol to commemorate all those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their lives so that we may live in peace and enjoy freedom in the future. It has continued to be used in the same way in subsequent conflicts.

When you go home, tell them of us and say, “For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Our magnificent display of poppies will certainly help us all to focus our minds to remember and honour those who have fallen on our behalf.

Should you not be able to see the cascade of poppies on Remembrance Sunday, why not visit the Church afterwards to admire them? The parish church is open daily and the poppies will be on display until 24th November.


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