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Volunteers required for community poppy cascade

The organisers of Chesterfield’s community poppy cascade are looking for volunteers to prepare the spectacle which will be on display this autumn.

People from Chesterfield and north Derbyshire – including ex pats from across the world – have smashed the original target to produce 15,000 knitted, crocheted or felt poppies to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War with more than 40,000 produced.

Now, the organisers are asking for people to come forward to help attach these poppies to nets to cascade from buildings in Chesterfield. These will include Chesterfield Town Hall, which will provide a fitting backdrop to the remembrance services held at the war memorial on Rose Hill on Sunday 11 November.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have taken the time and effort to produce these poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“People have been extremely generous and we hope people will come forward to make sure we are able to display poppies across Chesterfield to mark this special anniversary.”
Sessions will take place from Tuesday 18 September to Friday 26 October 2018 in the Drill Hall of Wallis Barracks, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield.
People can volunteer on the following days and times:

  • Mondays, 10am to 2pm (four hours)
  • Tuesdays, 10am to 2pm (four hours)
  • Thursdays, 10am to 2pm (four hours)
  • Fridays, 10am to noon (two hours).

They are looking for 20 volunteers per session who, for security reasons, must book a place to allow them access to the Wallis Barracks.

To book for a session please email Rob Nash, the project lead.. He will confirm your booking and provide additional details of the work.

Visit the First World War centenary section of our website for details of events being held to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

First published on 28 August 2018 Last updated on 28 August 2018