A giant knitted and crocheted Christmas tree is to be unveiled in Appledore this weekend.Â
The Appledore Community Christmas Mega Yarn Bomb Extravaganza - Â a tree complete with full yarn-bombed Christmas fireside scene - will be erected outside the village's St Maryâ€™s church hall on Saturday.
It is expected to take all day to finally erect after months of hard work by well over 100 villagers.
Niki Tait, chair of Appledore Visitors' Association said: "The project stated as an idea originating from a giant 4.5 metreÂ knitted Christmas tree produced in New Zealand, which was seenÂ on Facebook by Appledore crocheterÂ Jennie Lamb in May.
"She posted a photograph of this on theÂ Appledore community Facebook site asking what
"The idea that Appledore could make one of theseÂ was an immediate hit with the community.
"With a cancelledÂ Christmas for most last year, and uncertainly about this yearâ€™sÂ Christmas, it was a way of keeping all the village involved as aÂ community through Covid and during the summer when theÂ village was inundated with tourists.
"The project has grown, fromÂ not just producing a giant knitted/crocheted Christmas tree made
from well over 1,000 7.5-inch highly decorated squares, to a fullÂ Yarn Bombing Extravaganza with a 4.5 metre plus Christmas treeÂ and full Christmas Eve fireside scene with fireplace, chair,
Christmas stockings and even the sleeping cat, pom-pom robins,Â mistletoe and fairy lights!
"Individual squares include the village lifeboat, seagulls, our Hockings ice cream, Appledore anchor,Â monkeyâ€™s fist, crabs, and much else of local significance.
"The team involvedÂ not only includes the knitters and the crocheters, but also those whoÂ sew all theÂ squares together and then fix these on backing wires, the construction team making the metal framesÂ for the three tiers, the decorators and many others.
"Well over 100 people from the community haveÂ been involved in one way or another."
Work started in June and from one small photo, theÂ idea has escalated to a full village event from the originalÂ ideas and construction plans to the final full Christmas sceneÂ which will be erected in situ on Saturday, November 27,Â outside StÂ Maryâ€™s church hall.
Heading the yarn bomb isÂ Jennie Lamb, originator of the project. Heading theÂ construction team Jennieâ€™s husband is Ian Lamb, aÂ professional stage manager, and Terry Bailey, who has madeÂ and been responsible for the Appledore Angel, and who alsoÂ made the Appledore Millennium Beacon.
The Baptists Church has made available its building for theÂ Saturday working parties, though most of the work has beenÂ done in peopleâ€™s homes.
St Mayâ€™s Church Hall has providedÂ the perfect central village location for its erection.
Time and nearly all materials have been donated by the villagers, with the final construction cost part funded by theÂ Appledore Visitors' Association and via help from Northam
Town Council through the Welcome Back fund.
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