The elderly residents of Barn Crescent have created a spectacular display of pom-poms in their front gardens and on the grassed area outside of their community room. All the colourful woollen balls displayed, follow the theme of nursery rhymes and were made by the residents of the Yarlington retirement living scheme at workshops. Creative Crewkerne who began the pom-pom project about 18 months ago, invited the town’s residents to take part this year, by decorating their homes and gardens. The unveiling of the pom-poms took place on Saturday, with pom-pom designs, appearing outside of the town hall, in shop windows and at other businesses, community centres, library, leisure centres, parks, homes and gardens and near road signs welcoming visitors to Crewkerne.
A pom-pom trail, ‘just for fun’, invites children and their parents to ‘explore the town centre and find some of our special pom-pom decorations’. There is a list of clues to help locate the displays and other sites of pom-pom interest, outside of the town centre, that are worth visiting, such as Barn Crescent, Barn Street Recreation Park and Crewkerne Railway Station, are mentioned. Print outs for the pom-pom trail are available from the Local Information Centre, Crewkerne Library and Crewkerne Aqua Centre.
The pom-poms were made at a variety of workshops that ran from January until the beginning of April and were held in cafes, pubs, community halls and the library. The woollen balls were then sorted into colours, threaded onto wire, glued and tied into garlands by the pom-pom elves at Creative Crewkerne HQ. The creative initiative to brighten up the town once a year, with pom-poms, has brought all ages of the community together and seen many new friendships formed, making the social value of the creative workshops invaluable. Last year’s total of 6,000 pom-poms made has been well exceeded this year and the pom-pom decorations will remain on display in the town, until Tuesday May 2nd.