A knitting club have spoken of their excitement after being awarded £1000 by The National Lottery to decorate their town with a 'glorious' Yarn Bomb Trail.
The 25-strong Castlefields Yarn Bomb Crew, from Shrewsbury, have been meeting fortnightly since January, with members aged from their teens right up into their seventies.
Project coordinator Clare Butcher successfully applied for funding for local residents to create an Easter spectacular, complete with pieces of knitting, crochet and sewing displayed in homes, churches and businesses along a mile-long route.
This will also include the spectacle of the local Castle Walk Footbridge being beautifully decorated with hand-made pieces – and it's all set to go ahead thanks to a #CelebrateNationalLottery25 grant.
The fund was opened earlier this year to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. It offered the public the chance to apply for funding of up to £1000 to deliver an idea that would bring people together in their community. With £2million of grants being awarded across the UK there could be a project happening where you live!
Projects all over the UK are finding out whether they have been successful and today we're shining a light on one of the brilliant applications awarded funding to make a difference in their community. All successful applicants will find out if they've been awarded funding by January 31 2020.
Yarn Bomb Crew Clare said the trail is set to attract a range of people from right across the local community.
She said: “Since the start of the year, we’ve seen residents sharing not only skills but worries, life stories and a lot of laughs in the yarn bomb group. It’s a hoot, but more importantly it’s combatting social isolation at the same time as teaching people a new talent.
“We’ll use the money to hire experts to run free workshops in knitting and crochet, and to pay for venues and materials. We’ll also be reaching out to Shropshire Mind and Severnside Housing Assocation, to name a few groups, to invite them to take part.
“We know how important it is to bring people together in what can be tough times, and what better way than with a fun yarn bomb trail. Thanks to National Lottery players, it’s going to be glorious!”
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