Hertfordshire residents knit village in funding bid

Hertfordshire residents knit village in funding bid (Pirton Local History Group)

Residents in Hertfordshire have completed an impressive knitting project to recreate their village.

Pirton Local History Group is using the unique construction to help raise awareness of a proposed interactive map of the village's oldest houses, as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's All Our Stories scheme.

Talented knitters have recreated two pubs, a shop, the village church and 24 houses in wool, with a mixture of shades and textures from tweed, chunky yarns and boucle used on grassy patches.

The group has applied for a £5,500 grant to help it create a map for its website, which would reveal which were the oldest buildings in the village, as well as a little extra information about each one.

Visitors to the village can see the knitted models on display at Pirton Methodist Church, as well as a collection of paintings, drawings and old photographs.

The idea for the knitted project came from resident Helen Hofton, who was keen to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year with something villagers would not forget.

Speaking to The Comet, she joked: "It's such a silly idea - most people don't knit houses, they knit jumpers."

Ms Hofton described the process as "good fun" and an opportunity for local people to get together and share ideas over a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

"It has truly been a community effort knitting the three dimensional houses, with people sharing their skills of knitting, sewing and model making. Those involved will never look at the village buildings in the same way again," she added.

There are plans to knit more houses and prominent buildings to ensure the project is even more impressive, further raising awareness of the historical fundraising effort ahead of a final unveiling.

So far around 30 people have been involved in Knit the Village, mostly knitting, but others helping with embroidery or making cardboard models.

Pirton villagers will find out if they have received National Lottery funding for their website later this month.

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