Close Knit Community Tree Dedications, 2014

Celebration Tree, Zimele UK
The Celebration Tree 2014. Each person’s dedication is displayed on this tree. Photo credit: Margaret Underwood.

The Close-Knit Community Tree has arrived! In the early hours of Mothering Sunday, 30th March, a group of slightly nutty volunteers were busy yarn bombing a cluster of trees and the storytelling throne in Linda Vista Gardens.

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 for Africa Community Links, funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.

The Mayor of Abergavenny, Councillor Sheila Woodhouse ‘opened’ the tree after a few words from Zimele’s Rebecca Hands. Julie Long entertained children with a story whilst seated on the beautifully decorated wooden seat at the centre of the trees.


The Close-Knit Community Tree. March 30th 2014.

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

  • Annie Ackroyd
  • Pearl Ackroyd
  • Phyllis Allan
  • Maggie Appleby
  • Karen Baber
  • Robert Baber
  • Maureen Bainbridge
  • Moyra Barnes
  • Julia Veronica Barrett
  • Kathleen Bell
  • Elizabeth Bennett
  • Christine Bennett
  • Megan Beynon
  • Gunn Borrowman
  • Chris Brown
  • Carolyn Brown
  • George Brown
  • Stephen Brunt
  • Sandra Burgis
  • Audrey Cambell
  • May Carmichael
  • Stella Chappell
  • Janet Clark
  • Janet Collins
  • Peter Croft
  • Donna Crook
  • David
  • Margaret Davies
  • Chrissie Davis
  • Bundl's Dog
  • Mair Duck
  • Albert Edwards
  • Gordon Edwards
  • Mari Edwards
  • Megan Edwards
  • Julia Elford
  • K. Elizabeth & daughters
  • Gruff Ellis-Jolley
  • Marilyn Evans
  • Patricia Ewers
  • Sarah Fairbank
  • Mary Fitzmaurice
  • Jessie Francis
  • Joy Gass
  • Katrina Gass
  • Grandma 16.08.35
  • David Griffiths
  • John Griffiths
  • Margaret Griffiths
  • Sylvia Griffiths
  • Phillie Hall
  • Susannah Hall
  • Angela Hands
  • Jeff Hands
  • John Henry Hands
  • Cheryl Harris
  • Dot Havard
  • Ann Holloway
  • Dainty Horse
  • Maggie Houghton
  • Irene James
  • Caroline Jenner
  • Paul Jenner
  • Kato
  • Helen Kirby
  • Beth Kirkland
  • Kay Konieczny
  • Rachel Lavalette
  • Gail Lewis
  • Jon Long
  • Agnes Louisa
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Betty Mattock
  • Hilda Mattock
  • Mick Morden
  • Joan Mullineux
  • Lynn Murray
  • Herbert Musonza
  • Margaret Palmer
  • Dorothy Parfitt
  • Doris Payne
  • Patricia Penwarden
  • Podge
  • Rebecca Poultan
  • Mike Pratt
  • Emma Purnell
  • Elizabeth Riddell
  • Jean Roberts
  • Mary Roberts
  • Bridget Robinson
  • Joan Robinson
  • Margaret Rogers
  • Violet Rogers
  • Magnhild Rossebø
  • Samuel
  • Norah Sharp
  • Frank Scotford
  • April Shellam
  • Anne Siret
  • Rosetta Stander
  • Eric Taylor
  • Jacquie Taylor
  • Corey Thomas
  • Paige Thomas
  • Sybil Thomas
  • Chandra Tiwari
  • Valerie Townsend
  • Sylvia Pearl Tunbridge
  • Maud Mary Tyson
  • Onyeremba Apu Udenze
  • Melissa Valelly
  • Patricia Vieregge
  • Megan Walters
  • Sylvia May Walters
  • Trevor Walters
  • Joyce Ward
  • My mum, Debbie W-J
  • Denise Anne Warner
  • Malcolm Watkins
  • Marjorie Watkins
  • Stephen Whitwell
  • Betty Williams
  • Cathy Williams
  • Harley Williams
  • Nellie Woodman
  • Prudence Young


With thanks to the following businesses for their sponsorship:

The Close Knit Community Tree 2014 Has Arrived

CommunityIf you’d like to join in with the celebrations, then come along to Linda Vista Gardens for 11a.m. The Mayor, Councillor Shelia Woodhouse will be ‘opening’ the tree and Julie Long will be entertaining us with a story.
If the weather continues to be kind, we will be picnicking in the gardens afterwards so bring along something tasty to eat and drink and we’ll make a day of it!

The Wool Squares 2014

There’s still time to get involved! Zimele supporters have been busy making 20 x 20 cm squares out of synthetic wool. Up until 15th February 2014 it was a secret what we were going to do with them but now all is revealed. The Close- Knit Community Tree will be arriving in Abergavenny on 30th March 2014, Mother’s Day. It will be big! It will be beautiful! And we hope you like it.
Pop by our Facebook page, Close Knit-Wales and South Africa, for suggested patterns for either knitted or crocheted squares.

PLEASE NOTE: the Close-Knit Community Tree is complete for this year. Watch this space for next year's plans!