Peace Day Poppy Wall

Peace Day Poppy Wall

The 2019 Ash Village Fete saw the Peace Day Poppy Wall unveiled for the first time.

The “Wall” consists of 112 hand knitted and crocheted poppies.

Each of the poppies has a name taken from the Ash War Memorial embroidered over the middle. The names were all embroidered by children from the local primary schools. For a full list please click here.

It is hoped that the names of the World War II fallen will be added to the Wall and that it will be on display again on Remembrance Sunday at the Ash Centre.

The Community Wellbeing Wardens, especially Jo Packman the driver of this project, would like to thank the 30 volunteers for knitting and crocheting the poppies which included the following;

  • Jo Ayling;
  • Rowena Davey;
  • Jill Durrant;
  • Sam Fisher;
  • Tracy Griffiths;
  • Anne Harris;
  • Margaret Hill;
  • Jill Hopkinson;
  • Sarah Maude;
  • Rebecca Newey;
  • Caroline Reid;
  • Jasmine Sheldrake;
  • Sharon Smith;
  • Sheila Smith;
  • Collette Whibley;
  • Carol White;
  • Diana White.

and the following helpers who assisted with the project in different ways;

  • Mary Brown – who devised the pattern;
  • Karen Crookes from Sunflower Stitches – who wrote out all the names for the children to embroider, sewed the names onto the poppies and helped to hang the display;
  • Cherrie Matthews – who knitted and sewed 57 of the 112 poppies;
  • Sheena Chadbond – who crocheted the majority of the middles and did not stop taking Jo’s calls;
  • Jeanette McKernan – for working out how the poppies could be displayed;
  • Jenni Owen from Ash Manor School – who got her Crochet Club to do the middles;
  • The infant and primary schools for allowing their children to sew the names of the men and one woman;
  • Maureen Bassett – who knitted, sewed displayed and made tea!;
  • Sally Jenkinson – from Ash Museum, who put together learning packs for the school children and sourced the maps to bring the fallen to life;
  • Paul Harrison from Magic Signs for putting the map together and for not laughing Jo out of the shop;
  • All the ladies who helped with sewing the names onto the poppies and also helped to hang the wall &
  • Ash Parish Council’s Staff, especially Steve Pike, for their advice and help putting the display together.

This has been a truly wonderful, although sometimes stressful project to work on. With 3 generations of one family working on it.

Jo Packman – Guildford Borough Council, Community Wellbeing Warden.

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