Islander editorial – busy weekend ahead

The Islander office has closed this week but never fear we will be out in force with a busy weekend ahead. Alicia, Anne and myself will be at Chocol'Art & Coffee on Thursday morning from 9am to 11am if you want to come and see us to have a chat.  

I will then be spending all day Saturday at the Parndana Show, and I am looking forward to the shearing, dog jumping and all the activities.

Then on Sunday we have the Remembrance Day services at Kingscote and Penneshaw. Check out our advertisement on Page 9 and the Council Matters page in today’s editions for all the times and details.

Pictured to the left is the Penneshaw War Memorial covered in dozens of knitted poppies.

Across Australia people have hand knitted and crocheted poppies for November 11, 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

About 62,000 of them have been used at the Australian War Memorial at Canberra, one for each person who gave their life.

One of the people involved in creating these poppies was Valerie Harrold, who has a home in Penneshaw.

With so many poppies still arriving that were surplus to requirements, Valerie thought we could use them here on Kangaroo Island

She approached the Penneshaw CWA to assist with attaching them to stakes, and then “planting” them at the Penneshaw War Memorial.

“Photos just don't do justice to how awesome it looks,” Penneshaw CWA president Kathy Green said. “The purple poppies are for the horses that were killed and the odd white ones for peace.”

Poppies are also being used in both Kingscote and Parndana. 

The Penneshaw Progress Association also has a fantastic display and tribute to local soldiers on at the Penneshaw Town Hall.

At 10am on Friday, November 9 there will be a tour of Tiger Simpson’s cairn near YMCA Corner on Hog Bay Road.

Remembrance Day services on Kangaroo Island on Sunday are at the Penneshaw War Memorial on North Terrace at 10.45am and at Memorial Park on Kingscote Terrace at 10.30am, followed by the dedication of World War II pavers. Also check out “Shep – Images of War” exhibition in partnership with the Kangaroo Island RSL opens at the Kingscote Town Hall at 12.15pm, followed by a light lunch.  – Stan Gorton