Bunting set to spread cheer far and wide

April 28 2021
Bunting set to spread cheer far and wide

By Emma James

THE Wells Community Bunting Project has got off to a flying start with almost all of the 1.5 kilometres of bunting needed to ‘buntify’ the city centre already made.

The bunting will be hung by volunteers on May 16, with the official opening to be held on May 17 to coincide with the government’s next lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Volunteers have already signed up and the Town Hall has kindly agreed to lend its mobile staircase. Entries are anticipated from individuals of all ages, schools, shops and whole streets. There are six ‘Big Bunting Awards’ with prizes donated from the Wells Loyalty League. These include children’s awards in different age groups as well as ‘Best Buntified Street’, ‘Most Creative’ and ‘Best Recycled’.

The project organisers, Rachel Humphreys, Sarah Briton, Kirstie Harris and Emma Lefevre, stress that it is not too late to join in.

Sewing is just one of the many craft skills which has seen a surge in popularity during the pandemic. George Clooney is among those who have discovered the joys of sewing. 

The Wells project is keen to include those who have never tried to sew before. Beginners will find a huge amount of support available with the group’s Facebook page providing links to a free online training video on the Somerset Skills and Learning platform.

“It covers everything you need to know in order to make bunting and there will be someone to help you out if you get stuck,” said Rachel.

“Anyone who signs up will receive a regular update and a photo of the week with links to our Zoom coffee morning.”

The idea to bring the community together through the creation of bunting in all its forms has been met with such enthusiasm that there now appears to be a shortage of material. Donations of fabric will be gratefully received and anyone who has spare material is asked to get in touch. Contact Claire Axton: ceaxton@btinternet.com

All involved are eagerly awaiting the end result of their efforts when the City of Wells, festooned with bunting, will surely lift everyone’s spirits.

• Picture: Helene Buttifant with some of the 350 pennants she has been knitting for the Wells Community Bunting Project