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Calling All Knitters

Keen crafters of Worcestershire are being called on to help create a display commemorating the centenary of World War One.

The Hive library needs people from around the county to help knit, crochet or sew 10,000 poppies, each one representing a Worcestershire serviceman or woman who lost their life during the war.

Crafters can make their poppies at home and take them to The Hive or to their local library, or they can join one of the Poppy Craft Circles at The Hive and learn how to make them. The circles are Tuesday 21 August from 5.30pm to 8.30pm or Saturday 15 September from 10.30am to 1pm both at The Hive Café. Alternatively Crafty Corner meet at The Hive on the first and third Tuesday of the month and have patterns available and keen crafters to offer advice and tips.

The end result will be a weeping wall of knitted poppies in the entrance of The Hive spilling over the staircase to the floor. Janine Downes, Manager of The Hive, said: "This is a display commemorating a very significant time, not just for our country, but for the world. We wanted to do something special here at The Hive, which would create something striking and make people stop and think. However, 10,000 knitted poppies is no small feat, so we need everyone to dust off their wool and needles, make now the time you learn to knit and to contribute to create something special for all those who lost their lives fighting for our country."

This display will be part of Worcestershire World War 100, an outstanding 4-year programme of events and activities commemorating the role Worcestershire played in World War One.