Escaped teddies may be roaming Bournemouth!

To celebrate holding its Annual General Meeting this year in Bournemouth, national women’s organisation, Townswomen’s Guilds, is unleashing an explosion of knitted street-art on Bournemouth’s sea-front, as the city is ‘Yarn-bombed’. From 27th - 28th June a riot of colourful hand-made woollen pieces will adorn the lower gardens in the city centre.

The organisation also knits blankets for women suffering with fistulas in the Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, along with baby clothes and teddy bears for their babies. However, the project has hit a problem. The ladies of TG have lost a crate of teddies that should have been shipped.

‘We’re not sure what’s happened, but a whole crate of teddies has gone missing. Perhaps they have escaped,” said Jennifer Thorne, TG Board Member. “They should have been dispatched, but the consignment was a crate short.”

“We are slightly concerned about the teddies – they are quite small to be out on their own,” continued Jennifer, with a wink. “I’d like to make an appeal to the people of Bournemouth. If you find one of the teddies lost on the sea-front or in the lower gardens, please pick it up and take it home with you. They need to be looked after.”

Townswomen’s Guilds is one of the largest women’s organisations in the UK, and with 700 Guilds and 24,000 members is experiencing something of a renaissance with a ‘new generation’ of members which is attracted by the events, friendship, crafts, opportunities to try new things and the campaigning on social issues offered collectively and by individual Guilds around the country.

“Women of any age interested in joining a local Guild should visit our excellent website at to use our simple ‘Find a Guild Near You’ facility. You’ll find a warm welcome, fun and things to do at a Guild local to you,” concluded Janice. “We look forward to meeting Bournemouth ladies on the 27th and 28th June.”

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