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Grateful as ever . . . Grateful to receive a donation from Observatory Village's knit and natter group are (from back left) Oamaru St John station manager Bob Wilson and chairwoman Marie Dickie, thanks to members such as Jennifer King (front left) and Jo Broughton. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD

When generosity and skills coincide, good things can happen.

Last week, a group of about eight women from Observatory Village’s knit and natter group presented St John Oamaru with a cheque for $900.

It all started in July last year, when the village held its first Festival of Talent.

The festival, organised by resident Nancy Wilson and activities assistant Jenny Allan, featured the creative talents and skills of village residents.

During the festival, the knit and natter group, which member Fay Yates said did more nattering than knitting, held a stall, selling everything from dish clothes to slippers in an effort to raise funds for St John.

For many of the group members, the weekly knit and natter offered a chance to get together to share some patterns and stories, and ‘‘put the world to right’’, Mrs Yates said.

Raising funds was just a bonus.

It was group member Jennifer King’s idea to donate the money to the charitable organisation, and knowing it was likely they would need the services in the future, the group agreed.

Oamaru St John chairwoman Marie Dickie was glad they did.

Mrs Dickie said donations were not only important in funding St John’s ambulance services, but the construction of its new building in Oamaru.

‘‘It makes up feel really supported by the community,’’ she said.

Mrs Allan said the donation would be tagged to stay in Oamaru, so the local community would benefit from it.