July Yarn-bomb blog by Ellie Jarvis

Clovelly is looking even more colourful than usual after yarn-bombers have been at work.

A Clovelly fishing boat has been yarn-bombed, there are poppy garlands at the Remembrance gardens, knitted donkeys plus much more ~ there’s even a life-sized model of the Queen!

There was an opening ceremony on 2nd July; an opportunity for people who gave their beautiful work to the Yarn-bomb, to visit the village and see their work on display. It also marked the beginning of our fundraising for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

There was a fantastic celebratory feel to the day, which started at the top of the famously steep cobbled street, where a crochet ‘ribbon’ was cut by 6 year old Jacob Egan. Jacob came up with the theme for this years Yarn-bomb, ‘Summer By The Sea’, and did a marvellous job declaring the celebration ‘open’!

The owner of Clovelly, The Hon. John Rous, made a moving speech recalling two emergencies which had required the Devon Air
[Photo copyright: Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Ellie Jarvis and other group members]

Ambulance to fly to Clovelly, undoubtedly saving the lives of those affected.

It’s been a real community affair with toddlers, school children, craft groups and residents all contributing to the Yarn-bomb ~ we believe the eldest contributor is 104 years young!

Clovelly is a place with which people from all over the world feel a special and nostalgic connection. Thanks to social media, the appeal for Yarn-bomb donations went out worldwide inviting people who love Clovelly to donate knitted and crocheted samples for this unusual project. The group received pieces from all over the UK and as far afield as Bulgaria, Ukraine and America! The project even attracted the support of Interior Designer and television personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

From the top of the village, right down to the harbour, there is much to see and the life-size knitted Queen is proving very popular indeed. She is seated in the window of one of the most recognisable cottages in Clovelly, ‘Oberammergau Cottage’, with its beautiful decorative wood carvings, which were brought to Clovelly all the way from Oberammergau in Bavaria in 1910 by Christine Hamlyn, the former owner of Clovelly. The Queen appears to be enjoying a meal of ‘crochet fish and chips’!

Clovelly Yarn-bomb, which will remain on display for the entire month of July, has been coordinated by Clovelly Silk in conjunction with the Clovelly Community Gardening Group. This unusual project is part of Clovelly’s entry to the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition and is in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

You can make a donation to the Devon Air Ambulance via our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clovelly-yarnbomb