Remembering the Fallen from all the wars, at the Holy Spirit, Derby


On Sunday the 11th of November, this year’s Remembrance Day was especially poignant as 2018 is the centenary year of the First World War. The Parish of the Holy Spirit, in Derby, wanted a memorial to remember those that have fallen or served in all Military Services over the last 100 years. Parishioners were asked to knit, crochet or make poppies out of any material they wanted. Helen Wright and Anne Perry collected the poppies over a number of weeks. Our parishioners and their families and friends really supported the initiative and, with over 200 poppies, Helen and Anne put together a fabulous display with numerous elements, including pictures of the war memorials in France and Belgium along with the Poem "They Grave too far away to see, but not too far to think of thee." The British Legion's 'Tomi' figures are also on display.

Helen Wright said, "It’s been a real labour of love to put together such a memorial to commemorate the Centenary; parishioners have reflected on the uniqueness of each poppy as [all the poppies] have been knitted by so many different hands." Anne Perry added, "The displays of poppies in the church has a real impact when you walk into the church; the fact that each of us at our parish have been able to contribute in some way makes this tribute to our loved ones really special, if you look within the displays we have a number of white poppies, these are to display our hope of peace for all."

Fr. Peter, our assistant Priest said, "The response from everyone to help knit has been wonderful; the memorial created from the knitting by Anne and Helen is a good visual reminder of the impact of war, timbering all those that have served and those we have lost."