Contact us at:
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Street
Worcester WR3 7HS
Please note that these are all personal phone numbers.
There is no phone in the church.
Reverend Andy Todd
Parish Administrator and Churchwarden
Tel: 01905 863537
Tel: 01905 616427
Earlier in the year we launched an appeal for people to knit poppies in order to construct a wreath honouring all the names of the men listed on the war memorial in the churchyard. We needed about 90, we got over 400!! We then started to look for a project to use the 'extra' poppies and came up with the idea of a 'Poppy Waterfall' installation as we have a window close to the indoor war memorial which was ideal for this.
That installation is now in place and is well worth a visit! (see above!)
The poppies were knitted or crocheted by the members of St Stephen’s Church’s congregation and other locals who heard of the appeal to initially make poppies for a wreath to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 on the 11th November 2018, but once people started making one or two, these turned into tens and twenties, and hundreds of poppies have been given.
The Poppy Waterfall has been made by tying poppies on to a large camouflage net and supporting this from the underside of the high trefoil window.
There are four different poppy colours:-
St Stephen’s Church has three War Memorials; the wooden screen in the SE corner of the Church and the crucifix outside, both dedicated to WW1 victims. The third, the St Stephen Statue on the column, dedicated to WW2 victims.
Huge thanks go to everyone involved with both knitting and construction and we hope it is a fitting tribute to all who never came home and those whose lives were forever changed by their war experiences.
Over 300 people attended the service last Sunday and the Poppy Waterfall was much admired and felt it helped to remember the fallen.
For the Fallen
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
By Laurence Binyon - 1914
This is a suggested pattern if you want to keep knitting during the year and perhaps sell them in aid of the British Legion.
Royal British Legion Big Poppy Knit
Here are two different knitted poppy patterns and two to crochet. Knitted Poppies For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9). If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size. If you have any problems with any of the techniques in the poppy patterns - and you have access to the internet - you will find lots of tutorial videos on youtube.
1. Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners Colour A Bright Red (one ball will make a lot of poppies!) Colour B Scrap of Black or a black button Body of Poppy Using Col A cast on 120 stitches. Rows 1-4 Knit Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row(40 stiches) Rows 6-9Knit Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(20 stitches) Rows 11-14 Knit Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(10 stitches) Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm Thread tail through a yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends. Centre of Poppy Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy. Add pin.
2. Easy ribbed poppy pattern Colour A 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies) Colour B Scrap of black yarn or black button Body of Poppy Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches Row s1 –10 : K2, P2 across whole row(for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib). Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches). Row 12 : Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (10 stitches). Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches using yarn needle and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch Centre of Poppy Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy. Add pin.
Crocheted Poppies You will need some red wool and a black button. Patterns 1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle. Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst. Work the three petals separately. Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Petal 2. work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre. Add pin
2.Two petal crochet poppy Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts) Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts,slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Fasten off. Attach button in the centre. Add pin.
Stitch explanation st(s) = stitch (es) ch = chain rep=repeat dc = double crochet rnd=round htr = half treble crochet slst = slip stitch r = row tr = treble crochet