Barrington Court asks crafters to make poppies to mark end of WWI

The National Trust team at Barrington Court near Illminster is asking local people to help them create a curtain of knitted or crocheted poppies to help commemorate 100-years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

The call is going out to all keen crafters to make as many poppies as possible.

The ambition is to then create a poignant textile installation in the Court House, which will form part of Barrington Court’s recognition of this important centenary.

A pattern is available on the poppy appeal pages of the Barrington Court website and all that is needed is some red and black wool.

The poppies can be dropped off at Barrington Court reception before 22 October, or sent to Emma Blake, Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 ONQ.

Knitted poppies made to create a textile installation at Barrington Court to honour the centenary of the end of the First World War – image copyright: National Trust/Emma Blake
Barrington Court – image copyright: National Trust/William Shaw

The centenary is also being marked with a ‘Battle’s Over’ Beacon event taking place at 19:00 on 11 November, when a beacon will be lit in Barrington’s parkland. It is one of a thousand Beacons of Light that will be lit that evening throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Keri Philips, general manager for the National Trust in South Somerset, said: “It is very fitting for us to observe this important centenary at Barrington Court.

“Colonel Lyle, who fought in the First World War, was invalided home during the Battle of the Somme. He leased Barrington Court on his return and resurrected it from its derelict state.

“As well as inviting our local communities to help create this fitting tribute of poppies, we hope they will join us on 11 November to remember Colonel Lyle’s arrival here after being wounded and to honour those from the village of Barrington that fell.”

The ‘Battle’s Over’ Beacon evening at Barrington Court is a ticket only event. You can find more information on the Barrington Court website or by calling 03442 491895.

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