Knitters, crocheters unite to create poppy display
Brenda Ward and Deb Wilson are organizing the poppy display, which will be established in Rotary Park prior to Remembrance Day. (Jennifer Westendorp, mykemptvillenow.com staff)
A local group is doing its part to mark Remembrance Day. The call went out to knitters and crocheters across the region to help create a poppy display.
Brenda Ward, who runs the Leeds Grenville Fibre Extravaganza, says she came up with the idea after reading an article about a similar initiative in Calgary. She reached out to the Old Town Kemptville BIA, which jumped on board. The display will be set up at Rotary Park prior to November 11.
Dozens of handmade poppies are flooding in. The exact nature of the display will depend on how many poppies are collected.
Ward noted the poppies are coming from everywhere, including India. She says the poppies are not for sale and if people want a poppy, it’s best to go through your local Legion. Ward explained the plan is to keep building on the display for years to come.
BIA Chair Deb Wilson says the poppies could eventually be used to decorate other parts of North Grenville.
For people interested in contributing poppies, the link for the pattern can be found here. Poppies can be dropped off at Grahame’s Bakery or mailed to 779 County Road 44 in Kemptville.