A RUBERY crocheting group have been busy creating postbox toppers and poppy wreaths for the town’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
The group – Rubery Castoffs – have decorated their local streets with postbox toppers adorned with crocheted poppy’s, soldier’s boots, hats, and the head from the iconic silent soldier’s silhouette.
Also, as part of their work with Rubery Women’s Institute (WI), the five women who make up Rubery Castoffs have helped create poppy chains and wreaths which will bear the names of fallen soldiers and the years in which they served.
Purple poppies will also be created to remember the animal victims of warfare.
Each of their creation’s for Rubery WI will be draped at the front of St Chad’s Church, Rubery during their Remembrance Sunday service.
A Rubery Castoffs spokesperson told the Standard: “We believe it is really important to commemorate those who gave up their lives to defend our country, and those that perished in other conflicts. It is our way of honouring them.
“This year we have added empty boots and hats, symbolic that the person who wore them wouldn’t be returning, which was the case for so many.
“They are really time consuming to make, but it is well worth the effort if it causes people to reflect, remember and honour those selfless people who never returned.”
Rubery’s commemorations begin on Saturday, November 11 at 10.55am with a short act of Remembrance for Armistice Day outside St Chad’s Church, before a two minutes silence at 11am.
And, on Sunday, November 12 St Chads’ Reverend Claire Turner will lead a service outside Rubery Memorial Club from 10.45am.
The service will be followed by a parade down New Road before 15 minutes of prayers, hymns, and music inside St Chad’s Church (approximately 11.20am).