Are you a creative person, or do you enjoy spending time in good company? Then why not join the "Knit & Natter" Group who meet  in church each Monday from 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm. You can stay for the full three hours or just pop in for a quick chat! We have wool, patterns and needles available or you can bring your own project to work on. If you can't knit (or crochet) don't worry we will still be pleased to welcome you ...... and you may well be inspired to have a go!

Further details can be obtained from Mary Kay on 01253  884030 or Lindsay Mason on 01253 893118

With this year being the 100 years' anniversary of the end of World War 1, there are plans for a Poppy Installation to be created and supported around the Preaching Cross in the churchyard. It has been designed by Brenda Cross, one of the Knit and Natter group that meets in St. Chad's on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm.

During WW1, 43 men were killed from the small market town of Poulton. Brenda has based the main wreath's design on those 43 and it will be made up of 43 poppies. To represent and honour the men and women who were killed in the following wars and conflicts, there will be streams of poppies flowing from the cross on to the burial area. The streams will terminate in wooden Remembrance Crosses from The Royal British Legion.

The poppies are to be knitted or crocheted in varying shades of red with black centres, using double knitting yarn or finer, each with a maximum size of 10 cms / 4 inches diameter. The pattern below is for a simple poppy in single rib and stocking stitch but other stitches or patterns can be used.

Use DK yarn and 4mm or 8 UK needles
Red and black yarn needed.
Using red yarn, cast on 60 sts.
Work 8 rows in rib (K1P1)
Change to black yarn.
(K2, K2 tog) repeat to end of row. 45 sts
P2 tog across row, P1. 23 sts.
K2 tog across row, K1. 12 sts.
P2 tog across row. 6 sts
Break off yarn and thread through sts on needle
Use this to stitch up the poppy.

Completed poppies can be taken in to church, there will be a box. If you knit at home and need your work collecting, let me know by ringing 884030. If you are not a knitter but would like to give some yarn for others to use, that would be a lovely thing to do.

The knitters from Poulton Methodist Church have taken up their needles towards the plan and we would like as many people to be involved in this work, so please, let's keeeep knitting!

Mary Kay

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