Penkridge Poppies, Penkridge Methodist Church
Penkridge Methodist Church, Stafford, initiated a community arts project, Penkridge Poppies, by creating 8,555 poppies cascading from the church roof.
The display commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice. It was inspired by the infamous 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', a public art installation in 2014 that featured 888,246 handmade red ceramic poppies cascading dramatically into the moat at the Tower of London.
The church was generously supported by community groups, inmates at the local prison, local schools, uniformed groups and individual members of the community.
Alongside the cascade, a poppy trail flowed through the village with 25 displays featuring a WWI shell, poetry, reflections and photographs.
The poppy, a symbol of remembrance and hope, has been used widely by churches and organisations in installations to mark the anniversary of the Armistice, to remember and honour those who gave their lives 100 years ago.
Through the project, the church has united with its local communities. Working with members and non-churchgoers kindly volunteering their time, has enabled them to educate others about the Armistice.
Deacon Sue Culver said, “The sheer scale of community involvement, the beauty of some of the poppies submitted, as well as the number of poppies, makes this project remarkable.”