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Yarn-bombing Barrow!

Preparations are underway for events to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and a group of Barrow crafters are hoping to see the village “yarn-bombed” with scores of woollen poppies. A craft group that meets in the library every Friday has set the ball rolling by knitting and crocheting red poppies, or making them from fabric, and they hope to get more in the months leading up to Remembrance Day in November.

Co-ordinator of the project, Ann Childs, says each poppy will be tagged with a laminated card bearing the name of one of the 71 soldiers from Barrow, or connected to Barrow, who died in the First World War. The tagged poppies, plus untagged ones if more are made, will be left in stores, at bus shelters, parks, phone boxes and other places in the village.

Ann got the idea after reading an article about a similar poppy project in Blaydon, north-east England. It was a great success and a way of connecting the community and of remembering the fallen. “Anyone can knit or crochet a poppy for us, you don’t need to be a member of a craft group,” says Ann.

Jane Adamson, co-ordinator of the library craft group says she is happy to help anyone who would like assistance or advice and patterns can be sourced. Just come along on any Friday between 1.30pm to 3pm. You can also download a pattern at www.theyarnloop.com/knitfor- charity and there are links there to other websites.

Poppies can be made of fabric and if there is a surplus, they will be used in a banner or bunting – they won’t go to waste. If you’re not a knitter or crafter but would like to sponsor wool, that would be appreciated too. For more information, call Ann on 01509 412104

Lindsay Ord