A huge thank you to all who have taken part in what has been a terrific community project.
Much has been said about Syd Howarth, Mr. Newton Aycliffe, and the result of this day is due to his vision.
Back in June Syd contacted St. Mary’s knitting group and asked if we would be willing to knit poppies to decorate the railings in front of St. Clare’s for Armistice Day, quite a project for a small group, but we agreed and Syd advertised in the Newton News for knitters willing to help and donations of wool.
The pattern was printed in the paper and it snowballed, Crafters Companion ‘Knit & Natter’ group came on board along with members of the Methodist Church, St. Elizabeth’s, St. Clare’s and many individuals who came along to St. Mary’s each Wednesday to drop off completed poppies.
It all culminated in approximately thirty people turning up on Sunday 4th November to attach over 2500 poppies to the railings, including two members of our local police force who were a great help.
To Geoff we give a huge Thank You for providing and cutting all the metal rods for the poppies around Tommie. We can never thank you all enough.
For Syd it was his final community project, and what a tribute to him.
We hope all readers of the Newton News and those who see it as you go past will agree it is a fitting tribute to all who died for their country, that we might live in peace, and to Syd the inspiration behind the project.

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