The latest project from the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters launched this weekend as local residents are encouraged in to town to find the society's knitted animals hiding in shop windows.
The Noah's Ark Trail trail runs from Saturday 24th October until Saturday 7th November, and whilst it been designed with children in mind, the knitted creations should appeal to all age groups.
Some of the society's 130-strong members have spent hours knitting and crocheting pairs of animals, which will be hiding in shop windows around the town centre, and include elephants, koalas, monkeys, lions, giraffes and many more.
To take part in the trail, families should visit Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash opposite Hertford Theatre, to pick up a trail map. Children will need to match the shop with the animal hiding in the window, which has been created by members of the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, with a minimum of 15 of the 20 businesses taking part around the town. Once they have completed the trail, they will be able to collect a badge from the Town and Tourist Information Centre and submit the completed form into the red letterbox in the shop for a chance to win a £30, £20 or £10 gift voucher to spend at a Hertford retailer.
The themed trail has been created to encourage local residents and visitors to explore and discover the broad range of independent and national retailers within the county town.
All the characters in the trail are available to be bid for via a Jumblebee auction at jumblebee.co.uk/noahsarktrail.
The auction goes live on 24th October at 9am and closes on 8th November at 7pm. All proceeds will fund potential future SSOHC projects.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: "The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters’ knitted Noah’s Ark animals will be a great addition to Hertford town centre shops as we head into winter. Whilst the trail will provide a good half-term activity for children, I am sure adults will also enjoy spotting the knitted animals around the town centre."
Jo Baily one of the founder members stated: "SSOHC attracts a wide age range of members and a huge range of talents for different crafts - crochet, knitting, embroidery, felting and cross stitch to name a few. We welcome all capabilities and don't mind how much or little anyone would like to make. Our aims are to bring joy to Hertford, create community spirit and raise funds for local charities."
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