Hackness is being yarnbombed by over 40,000 woollen poppies

Hackness is to be yarnbombed with over 40,000 woollen poppies for Remembrance Day.

Houses, stone walls and landmarks such as the monument and memorial seat outside the village hall will be adorned with fabric flowers.

The reddest area will be the 1.8-mile stretch of road between the church and the village hall, where a life-sized figure of a soldier will stand.

The poppies will be put up from 3-7 November and will stay up until the 15th.

The front of the village school will be decorated by pupils who are learning about WW1, the people and animals of that time and the different coloured poppies.

Younger children at Hackness under-5s group are recycling pop bottles into poppies.

The transformation is being masterminded by a group calling itself the Hackness Yarn Bombers.

The idea germinated at Rosie Asquith’s Crafty Articles group at Newby and Scalby Library in summer 2017.

Yarnbomber Yve Boody says: “We thought about doing something on a more meaningful basis for the 2018 poppy appeal, especially as it would be marking 100 years since the end of WW1”.

Inspired by yarn bombers in Thirsk, Saltburn and other parts of the country, Yve and her friends set themselves a challenge.

Sponsors including Boyes, Proudfoots, John Guthrie and Hackness Grange Hotel enabled a steering group to buy wool and netting and set up a weekly poppy workshop at the library.

So far, they have knitted and crocheted some 40,000 poppies.

Their efforts were boosted by contributions from Scotland, Wales, Norway, the USA, Canada and Australia. Applegarth Court day centre in Bridlington gave 424 poppies and a donation towards the cost of wool.

Yve says: “Church craft groups, girl guides, band members and music teachers chipped in, with lots and lots of people uttering, ‘When you think of what those people went through’.

“So many people have given their time and energy to knit, crochet and needle-felt poppies before the seemingly never-ending task of fixing them to netting. Three wonderfully skilled crochet queens produced about 1,000 metres of knitted rope to attach poppies to. Almost every item along the roadside has been looked at to adorn with poppies”.

Hula hoops have been recycled into poppy garlands, highlighting the various poppy colours and their meanings.

The project was advertised at public events such as a heritage day at Dean Road cemetery in Scarborough. “It has become such a talking point, locally and nationally”, Yve says.

A Just Giving page has been set up for donations – search for Hackness poppy installation.

* Helpers are needed to erect the poppies. For details, ring Yve on 882336.

* On 10 November, at 2pm and 7pm, the community will pay a respectful tribute to the war dead in a two-hour show at the village hall. “People can dress in WW1 clothing”, Yve says.

Scripted by Kathleen Hugill, it will feature poetry, readings and music from Frank James, Hackness Ladies Choir and Ralph Earwicker’s A Capella choir.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for children, which includes a hot drink and a poppy bun.

The proceeds from the show, and from the sale of the installation, will go to the British Legion’s poppy appeal.

* On Remembrance Sunday, a service will be held in the village hall instead of the church for the first time. It will be conducted by Rev Lynn Hellmuth, vicar of the parishes of Hackness with Harwood Dale, Ravenscar & Staintondale, Scalby and St Luke in Scarborough. Soup, sandwiches and cakes will be served afterwards.