St James' Church, Chipping Campden

A living church at the heart of the Community

  • St James' Church
  • Church Street
  • Chipping Campden
  • Gloucestershire
  • GL55 6JG

Church Office: 01386 841927
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Thank you for your interest in our Poppy Festival to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.  We are planning a display of poppies on the outside of St James’ Church and we invite everyone in Chipping Campden to contribute one or more poppies, whether local schools and businesses, charities and voluntary organisations, or families and individuals – everyone is invited.

For the last two years, we have organised an Angels Festival in St James’ just before Christmas.  Everyone who has contributed to these has shown such incredible ingenuity and creative skills that we feel sure that they will rise to the challenge of something different this year.  In order to focus on the Poppy Festival, we will not be holding a Christmas Festival this year.

So that the display can have the maximum impact, we are suggesting that each poppy be about the size of a side plate, ie about 6-8”.  Because it will be an external display, certain factors come into play.  The poppies should be strong enough to withstand inclement weather, the colour must not run, and there should be an attachment in the centre on the back so that they can be fixed to netting.

A number of people are already busy making poppies!  One lady has knitted some, another has made hers from paper plates.  In the latter case, each poppy is made of two plates with the petals cut out or scored, with crepe paper backing for a different texture.  It is then spray painted red, sprayed with varnish and finished with a black button in the centre.  Simple, but very effective.  Being very uncreative myself, I have looked on Hobbycraft’s website and found other material that could be used.  Pinterest is another possible source – you can search “how to make a poppy”.  Cotswold Art Supplies in Church Street, Stow-on-the-Wold (01451 830522) is a brilliant art shop and they will be able to offer advice.

If you are still lacking in confidence or inspiration to “give it a go” yourself, fear not!  We will be holding a Poppy-Making Workshop in the Church Rooms in Calf Lane on Sunday 14th October from 2pm.  All materials will be provided.  We will probably go down the paper plate route.

The display will be assembled in the Church Rooms on Sunday 4th November, so it would be ideal if you could bring your poppies along then.  If it is not convenient, you can leave them in the Parish Office next to the Church Rooms at any time.  The display will be unveiled on Thursday 8th November and will remain in situ for a week, being dismantled on the 15th.  If you would like your poppies back, you can collect them from the church.

Our hope is that as many people as possible will wish to play their part in making a moving tribute to the fallen of the Great War on this unique anniversary.

Thank you.