Creative Art and Textile Groups

The Abbey has a thriving creative community with many groups to get involved in.

The Abbey Knitters

First Tuesday of the month in the Abbey 1:30-3:30

The Abbey Knitters started in 2016 when members and friends of the congregation knitted a long red scarf which wrapped all the way round the Abbey. This represented the ribbon which wraps round the orange of a Christingle and was made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Christingle services in the Abbey.

The following year, the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race finished outside the Abbey, so it was decided to make bunting of small, knitted cycling jumpers which were hung from the Abbey railings.

The groups current project is The Baby Bear Project which they were invited to be involved with. It is a charitable project supporting some of the poorest families in South Africa. HIV/Aids is tearing communities apart, and is the main cause of extreme poverty. Mothers of newborn babies in St Mary’s hospital in Durban are so poor many of them were taking their babies home wrapped in newspaper. The aim of the project is to provide each mother with a pack of basic items for their newborn baby. A set consists of blanket, hat, mittens, bootees, jumper, and a teddy bear. These packs are sent directly to the hospital at regular intervals. The group are pleased and proud to be involved with this project and meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the Abbey 1:30-3:30 to knit, natter and have a cup of tea.

Art in the Abbey

Art in the Abbey is an informal group that gets together in the Abbey to paint, draw, colour and create. Each person brings their own piece to work on, however artists are available for any support and guidance.

The group welcomes anyone from very experiences to those who have never picked up a paint brush. If you would like to know more, please get in contact and we can answer any questions and send additional details.

The Poppy Knitters

This second group of knitters focus solely on poppies for the Abbey’s annual Remembrance Day displays. These vary year on year, however, always provide hundreds of poppies to decorate the Abbey’s grounds.