A PROJECT has been under development over the last few months inspiring the local community of Ludlow to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

Staff at Loudwater Studio have been working with a number of different partners across the town, to bring together a project that everyone, no matter what their ability, could be involved in.

The idea sparked by a conversation with Ludlow Youth Partnership has seen 143 ceramic and knitted and crocheted poppies, banners and a tree for the fallen all made by the local community, under the guidance of the Studio.

Following a successful bid to the National Lottery Awards for All programme the Studio developed a full community project to involve as many members of the local community as possible.

“We’re thrilled to have been awarded the funding as this allowed us to get everyone involved in a just commemoration for those people who lost their lives in world war one,” said Nikki Hook, studio manager.

“Everyone we approached about the project has been so positive and excited to be involved.

“The ceramic poppies have been on display at St. Laurence’s and have been so well received. We’re really looking forward to develop the display further by including everyone’s work in the Library; which includes handmade banners, a textile tree for the fallen and more.

“The Ludlow community, including the staff and children of St. Laurence’s, Ludlow Juniors and Ludlow schools; the guides; scouts; Ludlow Youth Club; the Library’s Knit and Natter group and ladies from our own Sewing Bee amongst others have worked really hard to ensure the project has provided a fitting tribute to those 143 soldiers from our area who lost their lives in World War One and we feel honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of such an amazing project. It’s been a very exciting time and we do hope everyone enjoys the Library display”.

Tracey Huffer, chair of Ludlow Youth Partnership, described the poppy project as ‘amazing.’

“It’s been really wonderful to see so many different community groups getting engaged with the poppies so far,” she said.

“The Studio will also be selling the ceramic poppies at the end of the project to raise funds for the Ludlow branch of the Royal British Legion, helping to support local servicemen and their families.”