Massive project by Bishop Monkton Stitchers

Their 1,000 poppies will form part of giant display


The ladies of Bishop Monkton Stitchers (most of them pictured above) have just completed a marathon task knitting and crocheting over a thousand poppies to go into a massive display in Ripon in November to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Sixteen members have been beavering away every Wednesday afternoon for months and at the latest count had produced 1,157 poppies – an amazing achievement!

The poppies will form part of a display which will stretch from Spa Gardens to the Town Hall to the Cathedral. They will go on display at the end of October and remain in place for Remembrance Day and beyond.

As always the Stitchers will also again produce Remembrance Day wreaths for the Parish and Methodist Churches. Janet Freer and Mary Salmon will again undertake this work.

The Stitchers is now in its 20th year of continuous activity. They meet every week and sit heads down busily knitting or crocheting for a couple of hours, finishing up with a cuppa and usually a nice slice of cake!

The group started in 1998 after Jennifer Barker and Lesley Taylor were chatting at the Parish Church while on cleaning duty. One of them mentioned in conversation how nice it would be if the church could have some kneelers.  ‘Why not?’, said Lesley. ‘We’ll form a group and do it!’.

The popularity of the idea was confirmed when 27 turned up for the first meeting! Among those attending that meeting were Lesley Taylor, Jane Taplin, Margaret Sykes, Mary Salmon, Florence Bowes, Sheila Robinson, Margaret Lodge and Sheila Parsons.

They started by producing 130 of kneelers for the Parish Church and followed up by producing kneelers for the Methodist Church - which are still all in regular use. They then set about producing items for the Cathedral, then a series of collages for display at the Village Hall and followed by endless other projects.

The weekly meetings are held each Wednesday afternoon rotating around five members’ houses  At each meeting members chip in 50p which goes to a chosen charity with Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of the beneficiaries.,

So what are the ladies doing now they have finished their giant poppy marathon?  Perhaps enjoying a well earned rest? Not on your nelly!  They have set themselves a new project and the result of their labours  will be on view at the Village Produce Show at the Village Hall  on September 2. 

What are they producing?  That’s secret and lips are sealed! You’ll have to come to the Produce Show
to find out! 

20th anniversary cake.  It was decorated by Jane Taplin.