Honiton gallery ‘yarn bombed’ in touching tribute to loved ones

PUBLISHED: 18:30 15 May 2016

Anna Aroussi of The Thelma Hulbert Gallery with Mayor Caroline Kolek and volunteers and members of the memory cafe at a yarn bombing event. Ref mhh 18-16TI 0437. Picture: Terry Ife

Anna Aroussi of The Thelma Hulbert Gallery with Mayor Caroline Kolek and volunteers and members of the memory cafe at a yarn bombing event. Ref mhh 18-16TI 0437. Picture: Terry Ife

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The items were knitted at the gallery and memory café.

Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s community garden has been ‘yarn bombed’ as part of a poignant community project.

Honiton mayor Cllr Caroline Kolek was joined by members of the town’s memory café to decorate the garden with knitted and crocheted wool work created by the community. The mementos were made during sessions at the Honiton Memory Café and two days of workshops at the gallery.

Mrs Kolek said: “I saw a yarn-bombed Memory Tree in Stratford-upon-Avon last year and really wanted to bring the idea to Honiton.

“With the help of both the Thelma Hulbert Gallery and Honiton’s dementia-friendly steering group, this has finally happened, and I’m really delighted.

“Every piece of knitting or crochet represents a personal memory or the memory of a loved one. This is a

community project and includes work from a variety of groups as well as individuals.

“Projects like these are important to support all our community members.”

Heather Penwarden, chairman of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, added: “We are delighted to have been involved in this project to help raise awareness of what it is like for people living with dementia in our town.

“We are really pleased with how the garden looks.”

To find out more about the current exhibition being held at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, and future exhibitions, call the team on 01404 45006 or, alternatively, visit www.thelmahulbert.com


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