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To find out the latest details on the commemorations please keep an eye on both the Parish Newsletter and this website.

Poppy Pattern

  • Cast on 60 sts using 4mm needles and DK red yarn.
  • Rows 1-8 (K2,P2) to end Row 9 (K2tog) to end.
  • [30 sts] Row 10 (S2kpo) to end.
  • [10 sts] Break off yarn, leaving a long tail.
  • Thread tail through remaining 10 sts and pull tight, then fasten off yarn.
  • Join the edges of the poppy together and in the centre either sew on a black button or a black knitted pom-pom.

Plans for Middleton to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 are progressing well. The planning group includes representatives of St Mary’s Church, the Parish Council, Middleton & District Royal British Legion and members of the local community.

The Middleton Parish Pit Charity has kindly agreed to provide funding of up to £500 to support these special commemorations. As a result, arrangements can now be made for the purchase of one or more “There But Not There” perspex silhouettes and a memorial tree to be planted in the grounds of the church. Work is in hand to obtain a suitable plaque to be placed under the tree.

Other plans include:

  • The production of a number of large metal poppies to be placed at key points around the village;
  • Members of the local WI and Art Group are working on a hand crafted tribute to the men of the parish who lost their lives in the war and which can be displayed permanently in the church;
  • Seeking to engage the primary school in the production of tributes, poppies and art to support the commemorations;
  • Creating an exhibition of artwork, images and artefacts to be displayed in the church on 10 & 11 November;
  • Exploring the possibility of taking part in a nationwide “Battle’s O’er” event on the evening of 11 November paying tribute to all the sacrifices and celebrating the return of peace.


The commemorations are a community endeavour and there are several ways in which your help would be much appreciated.

Please keep knitting poppies: A large number of poppies are needed to help decorate the church for the exhibition and Remembrance Day Service. A pattern is provided below, but if you don’t knit any form of crafted red poppy would be welcome.

 To arrange collection of finished poppies please contact :

Chris Dixon (01553 841409 or email christopherjdixon@gmail.com) or

Newsletter Editor (01553 849725 or email: editorofparishnews@gmail.com)

Exhibition Items: If you have any World War 1 family memorabilia or other items, such as old photographs of Middleton taken during or just before the war years, that you would be happy to see displayed at the exhibition, please get in touch.

Business Support: If you think that your business would be able to help with any of the practicalities of the commemorations, such as printing items for display at the exhibition, floral decorations or assistance with preparing the ground for tree planting, or would be willing to provide financial support, please get in touch.