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North Wootton church display honours the Fallen on First World War centenary

Charlotte Steele and her daughter, Liliana, creating the poppy display at All Saints' Church, North Wootton
Charlotte Steele and her daughter, Liliana, creating the poppy display at All Saints' Church, North Wootton

Members of the community at a West Norfolk church have come up with a stunning way to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A display of more than 1,200 hand-made poppies has been created at All Saints’ Church, North Wootton, ahead of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations this weekend.

The scheme is the brainchild of Gaywood-based textile artist Charlotte Steele, whose unique creations have already earned the endorsement of TV home makeover guru Kirstie Allsopp, who has one of Charlotte’s works in her house.

Charlotte says she is thrilled at how the project has been embraced by so many people.

She said: “It started last year when I was chatting to a customer at a craft show who told me about a similar display they had done in their church.

“I loved the idea so asked if we could borrow it for our church.

“Remembrance Sunday is always a very important date in our house because my grandad fought in World War Two and my husband is from a military background, and it was his idea that I should do an artwork to mark the centenary of the armistice.

“When we started out we didn’t have a specific number of poppies in mind, we just wanted to make as many as we could.

"But thanks to groups like the local scouts and guides and Women’s Institute, plus members of the congregation, we’ve had nearly 1,300 donated so far.

“It’s wonderful to see the variety we have had and great to feel the buzz it has created within the church community. The final display has really surprised me with just how beautiful they all look and how many we have.”

The display, which was unveiled on Sunday, will be in place at the church until November 16, where donations can be made to support the church and the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

On Remembrance Sunday itself, parish councillors and uniformed organisations based in North Wootton will take part in a 10am service at All Saints, as they do every year, followed by an act of remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am.

There will also be act of remembrance in South Wootton at St Mary’s Church at 12.15pm followed by bell ringing from 12.30pm, which is part of a national initiative to have bells run at the same time all over the country.

These services will be conducted by The Revd. Canon James Nash and Rev. Dan Tansey. For more info contact James on 01553 673742 or rectoryoffice@churchinthewoottons.net

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