Volunteers sought for Woollen Poppy Project

Volunteers sought to crotchet or knit poppies for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

The Stafford Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is even at this early part of 2021 planning for this year’s Poppy Appeal fortnight. The appeal runs for the 2 weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, with this year's Remembrance Sunday being on the 14 November. We are hoping that this year’s appeal is not affected with a COVID19 lockdown as occurred last year. 2020 saw the appeal fortnight being reduced to just about a week, along with a reduction of poppy merchandise, due to the poppy factory being closed.

However, even with these restrictions, the community of Stafford did our Branch Poppy Appeal proud, with over £35,500 being generously donated to a most worthwhile cause. Furthermore, we were also extremely lucky to have our merchandise expanded at our Guildhall stand, by Heidi Fligg, who kindly gifted superb home made wool poppies. These poppies proved to be extremely popular and were quickly snaffled up by the generous visitors to the stand.

Noticing the brilliant attraction of these home made woollen poppies, we have decided to try and increase the stock of them for this year’s appeal. However, as the poppy factory does not make woollen poppies, we are seeking volunteers to either crotchet or knit poppies and gift them to our Poppy Appeal stands. We are able to supply both the crotchet and knitting patterns (if you need) we only ask that you provide your own wool, brooch pins and time.

We also have the kind assistance of Dee and Terry Cope of The Bird in Hand Pub (1 Victoria Square, Stafford ST16 2AQ), who have kindly agreed to be a drop-off point for completed poppies. We can also collect your woollen creations from your home, if you cannot make it to our collection point.

If you wish to know more about this scheme, including volunteering your help for both this and our Poppy Appeal fortnight, or even gifting wool and brooch pins, then please contact either of the following:

  • Joe Canning (Branch Poppy Appeal Organiser) phone: 07815 629711
  • Mick Garrett (Branch Public Relations Officer) email: Stafford.Web@RBL.Community


(Picture by Paul Milgate-Scarrott)  

Volunteers displaying a selection of wool poppies

Left to Right:

       Joe Canning (Poppy Appeal Organiser),

Heidi Fligg,

Mick Garrett (Public Relations Officer),

Dee & Terry Cope (Licensees of The Bird in Hand)

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