All Saints Pavement have launched a year long Poppy Project which will culminate in seeing the church covered in camouflage netting with poppies attached. This is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day ending the first World War on 11 Nov 2018.

They are asking people to start to make poppies and keep hold of them until Sept 2018. At that point they will bring groups together to attach poppies to strips of camouflage netting (1 m x 9 m).

The whole of the outside of the church will then be covered with the poppies and the base will be held in place by sand bags to create a piece of artwork.

All Saints Pavement has a beautiful stained glass window designed by Helen Whittaker of Barley Studios in York. It commemorates 4 young men from York who died in Afghanistan. The window was installed through the generosity of donations and was organised by York Press. Some of the remaining fund will be used for the Poppy Project. The Poppy Project will link WW1 through to the present day as we remember all those who have died in wars in the pursuit of peace. The church will be a very good location in York City Centre for an outdoor art installation to help people to remember. We have already been contacted by individuals and knitting groups, many of whom wish to make poppies in memory of a family member. We hope that some will embroider the names of the those on our memorial boards onto the poppies.

As well as being a parish church, All Saints Pavement is a Guild Church, a church for Ex-Service Associations and the church of the Royal Dragoon Guards. We are very pleased to be launching this project. We are aiming for 100,000 poppies, one thousand for each of the 100 years since the end of WW1.

For more information on the project you can visit the All Saints Pavement Website or email for more information.