The Close-Knit Community Tree 2015

The Celebration Tree 2015. Each person’s dedication is displayed on this tree. Photo credit: Richard J White.

The Close-Knit Community 2015 has arrived! In the early hours of Sunday, 22nd March, a group of slightly nutty volunteers were busy yarn bombing at Abergavenny Castle.

The knitted and crocheted squares were made by supporters with a connection to Abergavenny and women from Zimele’s Fairtrade craft groups in Swayimane, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The project was conceived as part of the ongoing link between both communities through Wales Africa Community Links, funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.

The Mayor of Abergavenny, Councillor Martin Hickman ‘opened’ the tree after a few words from Zimele’s Rebecca Hands. Julie Long entertained children with a story. Zimele then presented Macmillan, Ethiopian Midwives and The Red Cross with blankets made from last year's project.


The Close-Knit Community Tree

March 22nd 2015

In celebration of all the special and wonderful people in our lives:

  • Abergavenny Friends
  • Sarah Arthur
  • Frederick Bales
  • Fred Bell
  • Jane Bell
  • Dewi Beynon
  • Megan Beynon
  • George Brown
  • Doris Brunt
  • Peter Buhaenko
  • May Carmichael
  • Julie Child
  • Janet Clark
  • Cathy & Jim Collins
  • Herbert Couchman
  • Olive Couchman
  • Sarah Couchman
  • Gavin Dash
  • Shirley Davies (for mam)
  • Harold Davis
  • Julia Elford
  • Margaret Elkins
  • Elizabeth Gash
  • James Gash
  • Gilwern Family Services
  • Stuart Glassborow
  • Sue Gotley
  • David Griffiths
  • Margaret & John Griffiths
  • Angela Hands
  • Jeff Hands
  • Maureen Hands
  • Peternel Hankin
  • Jesse Hodges
  • Marjorie Hodges
  • Holly the Horse
  • Greta Holt
  • John Holt
  • Edith Hunt
  • Caroline Jenner
  • Doreen John
  • Laurie Jones
  • Kelly
  • Jon Long
  • Rhonwen Maeva
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Harry McGilvery
  • Midwives@Ethiopia
  • Mick Morden
  • Jack Morgan, Abertillery
  • Ron Morris
  • Mum and Dad
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Peace and the World
  • Gwyneth Phillips
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Joan Rimmer
  • Bridget Robinson
  • Ian Robinson
  • Mike Rowland
  • Delvie Smith
  • David Thomas Taylor
  • Paul Taylor
  • Dennis Walbeoff
  • Megan Walters
  • Trevor Walters
  • Denise Warner
  • Malcolm Watkins
  • Marjorie Watkins
  • Kate Watt
  • Mabel Weekes
  • Leah Williams
  • June Wright
  • Michael Young


With thanks to the following businesses for their sponsorship: