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As part of our centenary celebrations, which we wanted to share with the village, members spent months knitting items for a surprise yarn bombing' of the library in late June.

Bright bobble hats on bollards in Station Street led the eye to colourful displays along the library railings. In the garden trees were wrapped, while knitted birds on feeders and a scary snake provided fun for children. Scarecrows sat on brightly decorated benches with knitted flowers, bees and ladybirds and a wrapped bicycle had two baskets full of tiny knitted animals, with another scarecrow peeping from a bag. Pompoms, crocheted flowers, bunting and other colourful items brought more magic to the garden.

Inside, we had a display about our history, with a selection of our yearbooks and our winning County Centenary Challenge scrapbook on view. As a final touch we invited village residents to enjoy a complimentary cream tea.

In July we entered two teams for the Federation Quiz held in Ullesthorpe and although we didnt win, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

At our July meeting, A Light-Hearted Introduction to Opera, we were shown clips from some famous ones, with Ken Goddard assuring us that opera is not as highbrow as people may imagine. There is lots of love, jealousy and violence in many - think Midsomer Murders set to music! He also advised that ladies should beware of taking the female lead as they always die! We finished the session with a touch of The Proms as members waved flags and joined together in a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory.

A visiting teacher from Belarus enjoyed the evening and thanked members for making her welcome and for the support they have given to her community. She recited Wordsworths I wandered lonely as a cloud by heart - something many agreed they could not do, let alone so perfectly in another language!

Our next meeting is on 11 October with Patchwork for Pleasure, in the Grammar School Hall at 7.30pm.

Pat Sharman
Issue 404
September 2018

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