Suffolk church adorned with 5,500 knitted poppies


The villagers of Walsham-le-Willows took up the call to knit or crochet 40 poppies to commemorate the 40 fallen from the village in the two World Wars but ended up making more than five thousand!

Jan Hall, who led the project with the village British Legion representative Fiona, told Premier’s News Hour that she hopes the poppies will have an impact.

She said: “We have a village school in our village and they are going to church on Friday and hopefully they will ask questions, ‘why do we have so many poppies?’ and then we’ll be able to answer those questions.”


The poppies were knitted and crocheted by more than 75 individuals to mark Armistice Day and raise funds for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Hall told Premier she “absolutely” did not expect such a big response to help achieve her goal.

She added: “A friend and I were just going to do the 40. Because we live in a small village, we expected… just to have the 40 with the two crosses because we have two porch gates on our church.


Hall said she was grateful to the Vicar Philip Merry and the Church Council for allowing the poppy display.

The poppies will adorn the church for the next two weeks leading up to the Remembrance weekend.

Listen to Jan Hall speaking with Premier’s Paul Hagger:

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