Our Sustainable Communities Fund has helped fund a week-long remembrance event at Lobley Hill Community Centre next week to honour our service men and women on the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The event has been organised by Groundwork N.E. and Cumbria, who run the centre, to bring the community together.
The week will kick off on Tuesday 7 November at 1pm with a ‘yarn bombing’ of the centre’s railings with poppies knitted by the Knit Craft and Natter group. A piper will walk the perimeter fence and a small poppy patch with a memorial bench will be blessed by local vicar Rev Glen McKnight.
On Wednesday 7 November at 1pm there will be a high tea party with music and film from the WW1 era. Guests can enjoy a singalong with a local singer/pianist who specialises in wartime music.
This will be followed by a short memorial service by Rev McKnight on Thursday 8 November for those who may find it difficult to get to other church services.
Local school children have been invited to take part in an art and poetry competition around the theme of ‘100 years’. Each child has been given the opportunity to create some artwork which will be used around the community centre. The week will end with a showing of the art and prizes for the winners followed by a party to celebrate between 1 and 3pm on Friday.
Everyone is welcome at the centre which will be decorated with pictures and stories of the conflicts, as well as a display by the 9th Gateshead Guides.
To find out more contact Lobley Hill Community Centre on 0191 460 4280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Poppies knitted by Rydal Crescent in 2015