To commemorate those service men and women from Westmorland that lost their lives in WW1 and WW2, the Westmorland County Agricultural Society (WCAS) is asking people to hand make and donate poppies that will be displayed in a special marquee at the County Show called ‘Westmorland Remembers’.
Two workshops have been arranged in Kendal and Ulverston, so people can pop along and make poppy whilst having a chat over a cuppa.
- Thursday 26 April at Pomegranate and Sage, Wainwrights Yard, Kendal
- Thursday 17 May at The Hot Mango Café, King Street, Ulverston
Both workshops will be from 2pm onwards and there will help on hand from experienced crafters, so everyone both young and old can take part and make a poppy.
Tony Shaw from Pomegranate and Sage, said: “We are really pleased to be hosting one of the poppy making workshops and hope we get lots of people calling in to make a poppy.”
Stef Lawson from The Hot Mango Café, added: “We are really looking forward to hosting one of the workshops and are pleased we can support this important local commemoration.”
At this year’s Country Fest on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June, there will be a special area in the Sew Crafty Marquee for people to come along and make poppies and there will also be a poppy making workshop at Cartmel Show on 1 August.
As the centenary of the First World War is commemorated this year, the Westmorland County Show wanted to mark this in a thoughtful and visual way and decided to dedicate a special marquee called ‘Westmorland Remembers’ to honour and remember all those who served, died and were affected by both World Wars at home and overseas. As well as the traditional red poppies that have for generations been a sign of respect for people lost in military conflict, as a farming and agricultural organisation, WCAS is also encouraging people to make purple poppies to remember the many thousands of animals that were killed.
Outside of the workshops, people can make and donate as many poppies as they like and they can be knitted, crocheted or sewn together. Completed poppies can be taken to the following outlets:
- County Show Headquarters, Lane Farm, Crooklands LA7 7NH
- Reticule Fabrics, 11 Blackhall Yard, Yard 67, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4LU
All completed hand-made poppies should be handed in by Friday 31 August, so they can be placed on the display.