Knitted blankets (Charity Knitting)

Saturday, 4 August 2012

A Friday of surprises

Waking up on Friday morning promised an Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW or just plain OCAG) community/public meeting at 10am and the rest of the day doing the 'rounds' on the internet, catching up with some correspondence, and so on.

Moor in Bloom is brought to Oxmoor by OCAG. The Anglia in Bloom judges had visited on 10th July and the Britain in Bloom judges on the 31st. Our own gardens, back and front, are wildlife gardens, which most other people would call a mess so we didn't enter them for judging.

Moor in Bloom enters the Urban Communities category, which includes community involvement. At the OCAG meeting Moor in Bloom presented certificates and awards to the owners of the best gardens and best allotments. A special award was given to the Medway Centre in recognition of its longstanding in the community and of the staff who run it. A certificate and an enormous orchid were unexpectedly presented to Dave and me in recognition of the voluntary commmunications work we do for OCAG on a daily basis - monitoring the e-mail account and sending out notices and other messages; setting up and maintaining the website; setting up, maintaining and monitoring the Facebook Page; etc. We were delighted and truly honoured.

Left to right: Clare Dutton, Chair of Moor in Bloom;
Jill Watkin-Tavener, Chair of OCAG; Pauline; Dave. 

On arriving home we found that someone had telephoned while we were out. On ringing back I was told that I had won the prize for the Oxmoor survey a student had carried out as part of her dissertation. I will be going for an interview with her next week.

They say that things happen in threes. I also sold four pre-owned books this week, the first for many, many months, and am now revamping my website with the hope of selling more, also patterns and the few accessories remaining from my retail days. The yarns are gradually being used, not only for my own knitting projects but also when people ask for knit to order, or for the charity knitting I do, or for donating to Fusion.

In tribute: My mother was always an active member of the community wherever she lived, not least Oxmoor where she was a committee member and Treasurer of the 'Moor Community Centre and a founder member of OCAG. She was also a super knitter.

My mother Joan.

Britain in Bloom

Anglia in Bloom

OCAG website

OCAG Facebook Page

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