Bedlington's own Weeping Window
The inspiration for our poppy display came originally from our Centre's craft group following a visit to the Woodhorn Exhibition of The Weeping Window cascade by Paul Cummins, artist, and Tom Piper, designer . The group was lead by artists Sheila Biggs and Isla Haddow and supported by bait. The original idea was to have a small replica of the Weeping Window that could be displayed from a downstairs window at the Remembrance service.
An appeal was put out on Facebook with a pattern for a knitted poppy with the hope that the group could boost their display. Following this appeal we were overwhelmed by the response and community spirit from the lovely Bedlington folk who knitted almost a thousand poppies. The plan was then to cascade the poppies from the upstairs window. Sheila came up with the idea of attaching the poppies to garden wire to create a waterfall effect as the drop is 5 metres.. We then appealed for volunteers to come in to the centre to put the display together and it took only took a few hours. We had also acquired a large number of painted poppies from local schools which we stuck to the inside of all of the downstairs windows. The only problem facing us was how to get it flowing from the upstairs window. Rope was thrown down from the window, tied onto the structure and hauled up to be secured to chairs at the top. A video of the day can be viewed here with credit to Daniel Wilkinson.
We were lucky with the weather and were able to display them in time for the Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was a very moving sight to see the number of people stopping to take photographs. Sadly the weather then took its toll and high winds prevented us from displaying them on the Monday, however, they were displayed on the Tuesday on the grass behind the cenotaph and were out displayed on the 11th November. Click here for a fantastic article from The Evening Chronicle about the display.
Our Poppy pop-ins have started with artist Sheila Biggs and are running every Saturday morning from 10am - 12pm. Following our beautiful display of poppies last year, we are planning to make this year's display bigger and better. We would love it if you could join us to learn to knit or crochet a poppy, have a go at embroidery, or just pop in for a cuppa & pick up a pattern. We ask for a donation of £2 per session to go towards the cost of materials.