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Community pulls together to decorate Nailsworth War Memorial Clock with 7,000 poppies

Nailsworth ClockChinnick Theatre Services has been involved with a community project in Nailsworth where we provided the lighting for the Clock Tower.

A cascade of poppies will adorn Nailsworth’s Clock Tower for this year’s Remembrance Day, after the knitters of the town, and beyond, created over 7,000 poppies.

Nailsworth’s Town Crier, Tony Evans and his wife Jenny wanted to make this year’s Remembrance extra special, particularly with the ongoing commemorations of the centenary of World War One, and create a ‘waterfall’ of poppies on the town centre clock.

So he enlisted the help of Margaret Marshall who runs Nailsworth Knitters, a small group which meets monthly at the Arkell Centre in Forest Green.

“We made a start,” explained Margaret. “But we realised just how many we would need and that we really did need some help.”

So they put the call out on Facebook, and the response was quite simply overwhelming.

Over the last year, knitters from as far away as Scotland have responded to the Nailsworth call for poppies.

“We appealed for red wool and black buttons, and they were delivered to the Town Information Centre which acted as a drop off point,” said Margaret.

Nailsworth groups have also got involved, with the town’s Rainbows group creating felted poppies.

A few blue cornflowers have been included, representing the French flower of remembrance, and a gift from Nailsworth’s twin town Leves.

The hand-knitted and crocheted poppies have been delivered to Jane Luff, at Daisy Jane shop, to be assembled into the cascades.

“It’s gone a bit bonkers,” said Jane.

“I’ve had 5,000 poppies handed to me, bag after bag.”

She’s been attaching them to garden netting, ready to assemble into 25 metres of cascading poppies from the town’s clock tower.

“It will be a sea of red,” she said.

“We are also going to decorate the tree and surrounding area with poppies.

“They have been made by people in Nailsworth, but also Stonehouse, Stroud and Minchinhampton, and as far as Yorkshire. Families have got involved,” said Jane, who has been spending her evenings attaching the poppies and assembling the cascade.

“Everyone has really embraced this idea and wanted to get involved. Margaret put out the call, and it seems people have really taken it to heart.

“It really has been a lovely response, it’s been fabulous. Ladies of all ages have got involved, with ladies in their 90s making some of the poppies.

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