Rowlands Castle Wi Commemorate The End Of Wwi In Traditional Style - The Directory Group

Rowlands Castle WI commemorate the end of WWI in traditional style

In the weeks leading up to 11 November 2018, St John’s Church in Rowlands Castle held a commemorative exhibition. Central to this was a ‘poppy net’ made by members of RCWI.

The net was the idea of long-standing member, Judith Symonds, who had seen a similar item being made during a trip to Australia in 2017. Their net was being made to commemorate Anzac Day. Members of the RCWI Craft Club knitted, crocheted and felted over 200 poppies including a number of purple poppies to signify the many animals who lost their lives during the conflict.

Some members of the WI had lost family members themselves and the poppy net was seen as a fitting tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of all those who fought.

Eighteen months after the idea was brought back from Australia the completed poppy net was shown to the public. The response from visitors to the church and WI members was overwhelmingly positive.

If you are interested in joining Rowlands Castle WI, please contact Sandra White, Secretary on 023 9241 3100 or email

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