A church in Woolton commemorated the centenary of the end of WW1 by featuring poppy installations, a huge plant horse, and inviting the community to tie red or white ribbons to the church railings.
St James’ Methodist and United Reformed Church, on Church Road South, wanted to hold a Season of Remembrance, and challenged the congregation to produce 1918 poppies, in whatever material they chose, for an installation.
Organiser Pam Bellis explained, “We were amazed at the response, as we had nearly 3,500 poppies! We have poppies which have been knitted, crocheted, made out of silk petals, punched paper and card, plastic, clay, paper windmills, and even paper cake cases.”
The Season of Remembrance opened for a month on 10 November. The horse "Jimmy", a full size wire framed horse with succulent plants, was displayed with white poppies, to commemorate all the horses who were taken to war.
Pam added, “We also asked anyone in the community to tie red or white ribbons to our church railings whilst offering a prayer - red ribbons for remembrance and white ribbons for peace.”
Over 500 children – and many other members of the public – found out about war at Christ Church URC Haydock’s Remembrance event.
Church member Jane Burgess explained, “The church was decorated by five local schools and was open to the public and schools for a week after Remembrance weekend. It was amazing and many, many local people came through our doors to remember and share. Over 500 schoolchildren came to learn about the war as well. Our teenagers ran the cafe. Some of the children wrote poems.
“Boots were crafted out of corrugated cardboard and represented the soldiers marching home. Around them were 10 perspex figures, representing the soldiers who didn’t come home. “