Top tree will help oth­ers in new year

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - RACHEL PAR­RISH rachel.par­rish@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FES­TI­VAL-win­ning Christ­mas tree will con­tinue to spread the love long af­ter Twelfth Night.

Cosy Yarns knit­ting club’s tree was voted vis­i­tors’ favourite at St Mary’s Church Christ­mas Tree fes­ti­val 2017.

Now, its knit­ted dec­o­ra­tions are to be do­nated to good causes at home and abroad.

Cosy Yarns, which meets at The New Plough on Leicester Road, dec­o­rated its fes­tive fir en­tirely with pieces made from wool.

Rather than con­sign­ing them to a box for another 12 months mem­bers are to do­nate the hand-crafted cre­ations to a range of char­i­ties and causes sup­port­ing peo­ple in need across the county and glob­ally.

The com­fort­ing pieces in­cluded more than 100 tiny ted­dies to be sent to Knit For Peace, 20 slip­pers and socks for Sa­mara’s Aid Ap­peal for refugees in Syria and the mid­dle east, nearly 80 in­fant­sized cardi­gans and more than 60 hats for pre­ma­ture ba­bies in Leicester hos­pi­tals, plus two dozen smaller in­di­vi­ual dec­o­ra­tions which will be sold by Red­wings Horse Sanc­tu­ary to raise money for its work in Nor­folk.

Group mem­ber Mar­garet Parker said: “The tree was cer­tainly full to over­flow­ing!”

Cosy Yarns meets on Tues­days from 6pm and is open to any­one in­ter­ested in knit­ting, of all abil­i­ties.

Mrs Parker said: “We’re laid back, friendly, lively and we love abil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Every­one is wel­come, for in­for­mal gos­sip, swap tips and drink tea, cof­fee and wine.

“Bring your own project or knit some­thing for some­one else.”

Mem­bers were pre­sented with a cup for win­ning the fes­ti­val at a church ser­vice in De­cem­ber.

Run­ner-up in the adult sec­tion was Hinck­ley and District Past and Present with My s2­dio third.

The 1st Hinck­ley St Mary’s Brown­ies won the chil­dren’s sec­tion, with Hinck­ley Academy and John Cleve­land Sixth Form Cen­tre voted run­ner-up and St Mary’s Kinder­garten third.

A record 950 votes were cast at the event, spon­sored by DPD Lo­gis­tics.

Mar­garet Parker adds knit­ted dec­o­ra­tions to a tree spon­sored by Hinck­ley craft group Cosy Yarns at St Mary’s Church Christ­mas tree fes­ti­val in the town, De­cem­ber 2017, af­ter which the dec­o­ra­tions were to be do­nated to good causes at home and abroad.

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