Your article: Poppy display is sign of ‘thankfulness’

Parents and children with the poppy display.
Parents and children with the poppy display.

A parent and toddler group and the Sixth Pocklington Brownies have joined forces to create an eye-catching display of poppies in the porch at All Saints’ Church in Pocklington.

The idea started as an opportunity to ask the children to make a poppy for the display at the same time as thinking about all the men and women who have fought for us.

The idea quickly grew to include children from primary schools and guiding and scouting groups in the Pocklington Parish. Everyone asked, embraced the idea and the result is approximately 1,300 poppies being put on display at the run up to the Remembrance service at All Saints’ Church on 8 November.

Kirsty Brooks, leader of the parent and toddler group, Little Saints, and Kate Blake, Brown Owl for the Brownie unit, wanted to create a hands-on activity to engage the children with this important time of year in our calendar. Rev Geoff Hollingsworth, the vicar of the Pocklington Group of Churches, fully supported the idea and said: “This display is a remarkable sign of the thankfulness which people feel towards all those who gave so much to defend our nation in times past and indeed in the present. We are so pleased that our young people can learn about Remembrance Sunday by taking part in this way. It is very moving to see the display and I encourage all to come and see for themselves.”

The display will be open to the public daily from 8am-4pm until 20 November.

Little Saints and the Sixth Pocklington Brownies are both run at All Saints’ Church.