Crafted poppies sprout for Anzac Day


A poppy tree will again be blossoming in Matangi for Anzac Day with the red crafted flowers set to brighten more of the Waikato district than ever.

Crafted poppies are set to blossom in Matangi and across the Waikato before Anzac Day.

In its first year in 2017, the poppy tree installation in the Jack Foster Reserve on Matangi Rd drew wide interest and acclaim.

Part of a district-wide remembrance the decorations will go up again commemorating a hundred years since World War 1.

Anyone wanting to add to the knitted or crocheted poppies are asked to contact Faye Douglas, Ph 829-5799 after 5pm.

Some red wool and patterns will be available but there is no strict guideline on either so crafters are welcome to use their own red wool and pattern. Ideally, finished poppies will be delivered to Faye by April 5.

Meanwhile, the Waikato District Council and the Ngaruawahia Community House plan to create a blaze of poppies along the Te Awa Cycle Way, and over the Perry Bridge.

More than 1200 poppies are needed for the project, also part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings in Turkey.

Both ventures are part of the council’s community place-making projects.

In Matangi last year, the poppy project highlighted for those involved that there was no Roll of Honour of Matangi people who served in World War 1 although there was for those who served in World War 2. The latter record is in the Matangi Hall.

This year, the Matangi Community Committee reports it has applied to the council Heritage Fund to support the provision of a World War 1 Roll of Honour in the Matangi Hall. It is hoped to have the commemorative board installed in the Hall by Armistice day this November.

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