STOP THE PRESSES : Our total to date stands at 26,593 … we have passed our goal and now the fun has just begun.  We are not stopping and are looking forward to just how far our Poppy adventure can take us … so keep them coming Poppy friends.

What a wonderful weekend we have spent in Bendigo at the Sheep & Wool Show … lots of poppy making … a bit too much shopping amongst all the wonderful woolly deliciousness, some very handsome sheep to be admired and those incredible sheep dog trials.  Truly … I would go just to watch those amazing animals and their equally amazing trainers.  But for us it was all about the poppies with a wonderful display for the Women in Wool Luncheon and making lots of poppies in the Yarncraft Shed with all of our new poppy friends.  We had a wonderful time making and chatting … particularly with the children as young as 2 making poppies with us.  And must also mention the poppies that were dropped off by a number of larger groups … I will catch up with all that a little later on the facebook page … but suffice to say over 2000 poppies were collected over the weekend and we could not be more thrilled.  I should also mention that we simply could not manage an event like this … (and like the recent Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne) without the help of an amazing team of excellent ambassadors to man the tables demonstrating, teaching, talking about the project … but especially Kate, Janet, Margaret, Julie, Bernice, Maryanne and Carmel and the many other friends from many places who stopped by to join us for a long or a short time.   We were also thrilled to be able to visit the Bendigo Library on Friday morning for their Craft Table … where a lively bunch of ladies and men were making poppies for the project … and of course, we even squeezed in a visit to the Bendigo Woollen Mills who have been supporters since we first started up.  Below are just a couple of pics taken from the show.  Thank you so much Bendigo.  We had a great time.

Bendigo Wool & Sheep Show DisplayOur display for the Women in Wool Luncheon
Lyn with Jacinta McCaskill Wareham and Chris Jenkins Hamilton LibraryBendigo Sheep Show 2014Its raining poppies from Hamilton Library … with Jacinta McCaskill Wareham and Chris Jenkins
photo (13)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Sandy Galloway from Sorrento Probus
photo (14)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014
Poppy Cakes from Julie Trait …. delicious
photo (18)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Joyce Fisher from the Maitland Knitters Guild in NSW
photo 1 (4)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014
photo 2 (2)Bendigo Sheep Show 2014Sebastian


About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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5 Responses to Baaaaaaaaah!

  1. Katherine says:

    Looks like a great couple of days. And what a sensational total! (My shoebox of poppies is almost full!)

    I know that what to do with all the poppies after the centenary has been asked a few times. I wondered if you had thought of approaching the National Wool Museum (Geelong) to see if they would be interested in a temporary or even permanent exhibition?

    I just enjoyed a trip to Geelong to see the annual scarf festival.

  2. Georgina Campbell says:

    What a great weekend and the results look amazing

  3. Faye Clark says:

    Hi Good People

    Can you tell me how many poppies we are up to now

    Regards Faye
    Box Hill RSL

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Faye,
      As of today … we are now at just a smidge over 30,000 and going for broke.
      Expect we will have around 60,000 plus by April next year.
      Exciting isn’t it.
      Lynn Berry

  4. Donna says:

    I would love to buy a poppy!!!!! You should sell them! 🙂

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