In July 2019, Women of Woodford (formerly WI), decorated the village green for Woodford Feast week. They had planned to do the same this year with new additions; unfortunately, Covid-19 intervened and there were no 2020 celebrations.

However, lockdown meant finding things to do that didn’t involve mixing with other people so crafting was ideal. The Women of Woodford really pulled all the stops out and over 40 different structures in the village were adorned. Church gates, railings, telegraph poles and benches were all covered. The NHS ones really showed what we were thinking at the time. The Yarn Bombing WhatsApp group was well used with requests for different colours of yarn and these were delivered onto doorsteps with a friendly wave and quick socially distanced chat. Sometimes these were the only people the WoW members saw other than their own household and were almost a social occasion!

Not wanting to waste the opportunity to show what they had been up to, the WoW group decided to put their crafting structures up for the August Bank Holiday weekend and start of the school opening so that children could see them on the way to and from school. There were many positive comments from young and old. It has really cheered the village of Woodford up and the structures were left until the end of September to give everyone a chance to see it.

The Women of Woodford group has not been able to meet since March apart from a garden get together in groups of six, but they have kept in touch with quizzes. The committee has taken the decision to restart next January in the hope that member feel more comfortable meeting up by then. It is hoped to restart with a good programme of events to make up for lost time. All will be welcome and the committee will be letting people know start-up details.

If you’re interested in joining the WoW, please contact Lynn Sortwell on 01832 732740 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Woodford Yarn Bombing