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Church knitters 'bomb' Stortford town centre with angels

By Paul Winspear

Stortford Methodist Church's Knit and Natter group have created a collection of knitted angels to adorn the town's high street (5769709)
Stortford Methodist Church's Knit and Natter group have created a collection of knitted angels to adorn the town's high street (5769709)

A group of Bishop’s Stortford yarn bombers are on a mission to spread some love and happiness this festive season.

The Knit and Natter group – whose members meet at Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Church on the first and fourth Tuesday of every month – have made more than 100 woollen angels which are to be dotted around Stortford’s town centre from Thursday morning (Dec 6). Anyone who finds one is welcome to keep it.

Methodist minister the Rev Gill Hulme explained: “It’s not to try to get people into the church, although that would be lovely – it’s just to give a little free gift with love.”

Each of the angels, which are around three inches high, is unique; their creators have not followed any pattern and they have been made in different ways – some are knitted, some are crocheted and some are sewn.

The knitters have put in countless hours to create the collection of angels – each one has taken an entire evening to produce. “Quite a lot of love has gone in to these,” said Rev Hulme.

The group initially considered using the angels to help raise money for a good cause, but in the end they decided giving a passer-by an unexpected gift was a good a reason as any.

Rev Hulme said: “The idea is not to raise funds, but actually just to spread a little bit of light, love and happiness. That’s what Advent is about for us.”

A label, wishing the finder a joyful Christmas and containing a heartfelt message from the church, will be attached to each angel. “We hope it will brighten people’s days when they find them,” said Rev Hulme.

The group hopes that anyone who finds one of the angels will post a picture on the church’s Facebook page. They may choose to upload a photo of where they found the angel, an image of how it looks on their Christmas tree among their other decorations or a picture of someone they have given it to – to continue the knitters’ efforts to spread Christmas cheer.


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