Rev’d Gilly Pawson of Christ Church, Colliers Wood, was proud to bless The Colliwobbles Tree
as it was unveiled at a celebratory gathering at the Donald Hope library. The Mayor of Merton,
the local MP, the Town Centre Manager and members of the public all joined the party.
The Colliwobbles Tree (named after the Colliwobbles Toddler Group at Christ Church) was on
display at the Donald Hope Library, Colliers Wood, throughout the summer of 2008.
This community arts project was initiated by the church and led by the artist Linda Baines.
The tree is imaginatively made out of papier mâché and fabric with individual
leaves, made by members of all ages from the culturally diverse local community, flourishing
together in an explosion of colour.
Gilly Pawson said of the church-sponsored project: ‘The vibrancy of the tree we
have created reflects the colourful life of our community. I love it!’ Siobhain McDonagh MP
commented, “Libraries are having a challenging time as reading patterns change. Libraries
have to adapt to attract people and this is a way of attracting a new generation of library
users and we hope this will stay with them as they grow”. Councillor Martin Whelton, Mayor,
enthused, “This project is an excellent initiative in bringing people of all ages, cultures
and backgrounds together. Well done.”