Over the last four months, Salisbury City Council have been encouraging city residents to get involved and make poppies for the “Salisbury Remembers” project.
Workshops have taken place at various local events, including Armed Forces Day, Play Day and Fun on the Green, to make poppies from recycled bottles with the commissioned artist Michele Millidge. The military community have been involved and ran a workshop at 14 Regt RA, 1st Battery at Larkhill Camp in July.
Along with the City Council workshops, individuals have been knitting or crocheting their creations. The project has been supported by local companies with Franklins on Fisherton Street donating material and wool. Annie’s Out of House wool shop at Wilton Shopping Village ran a workshop teaching people how to knit or crochet a poppy, and they are also offering discount when purchasing wool for poppy making.
Around 1000 poppies have been created to date, but more are required to cover the pillars of the Guildhall. If you are a group/school/individual/military unit or other organisation you can find a tutorial on how to make a plastic poppy on the “Salisbury Remembers” Facebook page. If you have already made a poppy you can drop off your donation at Salisbury Information Centre, Shopmobility, Franklins or the Bemerton Heath Centre.
The poppy display will be constructed prior to being put on the Guildhall Pillars on Saturday 28 October, and volunteers are also required for this. If you would like to get involved, require a poppy pattern, bottles or need further information, you can call the Salisbury City Council Community Development Team on 01722 417100