Community Unites in Poppy Project Clock Tower | Spare News

Remembrance Day poppies bloomed on the old clock tower in Orangeville.

This is part of the local public library’s Poppy project. Handcrafted poppies are attached to four panels that will adorn the clock tower.

So far, more than 3,000 fabric poppies, some crocheted and some knitted, have been used in the project to mark Remembrance Day.

Residents who wish to help fill the gaps can bring their poppies to the Arena Library branch on Alder Street. Information will be available in the coming weeks as to when the signs will be installed on the clock tower in the city centre.

Community groups and individuals have been involved in the project, which began when Orangeville volunteer Laura Austin approached the city council in January.

A friend of hers lives in Stouffville where they covered their clock tower with fabric poppies. She thought it would be a dandy idea to see the Orangeville clock tower covered in the red of knitted, sewn and crocheted poppies.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 233 blessed the initiative in May and Austin said the project took off.

“It was very popular, kind of an organic type process,” Austin said. “I certainly didn’t create the idea. A lot of different communities… do it.

The many volunteers who have come forward to launch the plan locally are testament to its popularity, she said.

“All of them (fabric poppies) are little works of art,” she said. “They are magnificent.”

Austin said she had many years of involvement with various community groups. And, given the caliber of people she’s volunteered with for about 30 years, she’s not surprised at the support the Orangeville Poppy Project has garnered.

“I understand how the community works. Our new “Love, Orangeville” branding is so perfect because it really is.

“There are two degrees of separation in Orangeville. Everyone is connected in one way or another. That’s why it’s such a wonderful place. We all work in harmony together. Darla Fraser, CEO of the Orangeville Library, said a lot of hard work, passion and community spirit has allowed residents to pay tribute to veterans and those whose lives have been lost in the country’s wars. .

“It’s absolutely amazing to see the enthusiasm and passion of the community around this project,” said Fraser. “We have so many poppies, and they keep coming.

“This will be a truly inspiring and beautiful tribute in our downtown area to service members past, present and future.”

The project surpassed its goal of 2,022 handmade poppies, with more than 3,000 provided by local artisans.

The poppies were donated by individuals and community groups such as church groups, the Lord Dufferin Centre, local elders groups, Orange thREADS, the horticultural society and local brownies and scouts.

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