The Close-Knit Community is back

The Close-Knit Community is back!

To celebrate the link between Abergavenny and Swayimane in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Zimele has been 'yarn bombing' in Abergavenny again. That is decorating the town with wool, using knitted and crocheted squares made by both communities. Abergavenny Castle and Museum is looking stunning, adorned in it's woolen finery.

The Close-Knit Community 2015 is a place to celebrate people: friends, family or those we admire, whether they are still with us or not. You can dedicate squares to those who are important to you. Each donation of £5 = 1 square = 1 person to be remembered or celebrated. You will receive a handmade card as either a memento or to give to the person you are celebrating.

Businesses can get involved too! For a suggested donation of £25, they can sponsor a row of squares. All dedications are displayed by the project and on Zimele’s social media.

The squares are made from synthetic wool which is harmless to the tree and surrounding environment. After Zimele takes them down, the squares will be washed and recycled into blankets to be used by other charities.

We are indebted to The Wool Croft, Emmeline's Homebaking, Ibex Technical Access and Wales Africa Community Links.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a list of names for dedication at a cost of £5 per name, and your contact details including your address.

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: