We Will Remember Them


Eve Massey teaching Rev Hope to knitRevd Charles Hope of St John’s Church has asked for the Reminder’s help in publicising his ideas for commemorating the centenary of the armistice of WW1 on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2018.

Revd Hope told the Reminder he is very keen to make the day a truly special tribute to all those from Keswick and beyond who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Having served as an army chaplain in Afghanistan, Revd Hope has seen first-hand the selfless sacrifice still being made by our troops today.

Although some plans are at an early stage, there is one idea that needs to be started on immediately and that is for the creation of a field of knitted poppies outside the church. Revd Hope told the Reminder he is very enthusiastic about this project and hopes as many people as possible in the town (and beyond) will get behind it and start knitting. The exact form of the display will depend on the number of poppies produced. An ambitious target for the project of 5,000 poppies has been set. Some church members have already made a start but for the plan to succeed much more help will be needed.

St John’s vergers, Valerie Montgomery and Eve Massey, have challenged Revd Hope to knit a poppy and can be seen below giving him a knitting lesson.

Eve commented, Charles is a good sport and up for a challenge but I think he may need a few more lessons!

If you would like to take part in this project a simple knitting pattern is given below (others are available on the internet). Please use an acrylic yarn in a similar shade of red to British Legion poppies.

Knitted poppy pattern
Using 3.75mm needles and red acrylic double knitting yarn
Cast on 70 stitches
Knit 6 rows (or 8 if tight knitter) in garter stitch
Change to black yarn
Next 3 rows: K 2 tog across row
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches and pull up to form a poppy.

This pattern will be available on our Facebook page and the church website (www.keswickstjohn.org) together with one for a crocheted poppy, or from Needles and Pins in Lower Main Street, where yarn can also be purchased.

There will be a collection box at the back of church for finished poppies. They may also be left at Needles & Pins or phone 017687 73334 for collection.

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