Festival of Remembrance

TYSOE WI decorate village church with poppies for Festival of Remembrance

The ladies from Tysoe Women’s Institute (WI) are staging a Festival of Remembrance in St Mary’s Church in Tysoe Village from 6th to 19th November to mark when the guns fell silent across Europe as the Armistice was signed and the First World War was over.

They will be decorating the medieval church with hundreds of handmade poppies as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in WW1, including 20 people from the village and the neighbouring village of Compton Wynates, who have their names listed on a memorial in the centre of the village green.

They will also be hosting a coffee morning in the Main Street based church on Saturday 10th November between 11am and 3pm to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and everyone is invited to join the WI ladies for refreshments and lots of homemade cake.

Tysoe WI President Jacqueline Franklin said:

“We’ve been very busy making hundreds of poppies to decorate our Church and it should be quite a spectacular sight. The poppies are being entirely crafted by our members from a variety of mediums including paper, wool, paint and felt.

“We hope lots of people will come along and see the tribute, along with a display from the local history group that includes photos and information relating to the village during this period.

“We are also preparing individual tributes to local servicemen and women who lost their lives in the war, which will also be on display for the duration of the event.

Jacqueline added:

“We do hope everyone will visit the church during this time and help us remember those who have paid the price for our freedom”.

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