Remembrance 2019: Crochet poppies now adorn Albion Gardens and St George’s Church gates

Some of the Crafty Poppy crew at Albion Gardens Photo Brian Whitehead

Photos Brian Whitehead

Ramsgate’s Crafty Poppies group have adorned the Destiny memorial at Albion Gardens and the railings of St George’s Church with some 2,500 crocheted poppies.

The group, which has around a dozen active members, have been busy with the crochet hooks and knitting needles for this year’s Remembrance display.

The group preserved last year’s long drop of poppies, which had hung on the Madeira Walk waterfall, and have used them to adorn the church railings and gates.

Crafty Poppies member Jo Hanchett said: “Further poppies will be added during the week on the railings of the church to make a splendid display in readiness for the Armistice Service on Sunday (November 10).

“We would like to especially thank Michael Morgan for his ladderwork today, Brian Whitehead for his photographs and the Albion Gardens gardening team for cleaning and planting the area around Destiny for us.

“Trevor Shonk and his gardeners are preparing St George’s grounds for next weekend.”

The Ramsgate Remembrance Day Parade and Service will go through the town centre to St. George’s Church, Church Hill, parade from Elms Avenue at 10.35am, Service at 10.50am.

There will also be a service outside Timpsons shop in the centre of town, which includes hymns, a bugler, Vicar and a minute’s silence.

Monday, November 11 – wreath laying at Destiny in Albion Gardens at 8.30am and wreath laying and service at Ramsgate cemetery 10.50am


  1. Wonderful work making all those poppies, they look fantastic, I saw them on the railings today at St George Church and last year on railings in Albion gardens. Thank you so much, sell appreciated

    • Thank you on behalf of our group for your appreciation. This is the 3rd year Crafty Poppies have adorned Destiny plus the Waterfall last year and St George’s Church this year.

  2. Could you possibly mention that there is also a small ceremony outside Timpsons shop in the centre of town, which includes Hymns, a Bugler, a Vicar and a minutes silence, which we have enjoyed performing for the many local people that have attended this for the last few years. P&K.

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