Villagers in Hilmarton excelled themselves at the weekend when they displayed artwork worthy of Tate Modern as part of their art, craft and music festival.

More than 400 people attended the festival which raised £1,729 for St Laurence Church.

The village was transformed on Friday night in preparation for the event.

Works were displayed throughout the church hall and the church was decorated with musical-themed flower displays by Hilmarton Flower Arrangers.

One of the main attractions was the knitted house, a project started in January by a team of more than 30 knitters.

Organiser Val Procter said the house, named Dunknittin, exceeded all her expectations.

“It took us ten hours to put up and when I stood back to look at it, I was moved to tears,” she said.

“It was so much better than I thought it would be – I had a picture in my head of how it would look, but you never really know what’s going to happen.

“It was such a team effort, we had people young and old getting involved, from beginners to people who are really experienced in knitting very intricate objects. Everyone’s imagination was really fired up to knit all sorts of different things, it was just incredible.”

As well as the knitted house, villager Richard Broadhead impressed crowds with his 12 ft Monument to the Milk Bottle, which showed how much plastic is being wasted in Wiltshire.

Mr Broadhead said: “People didn’t realise how much plastic was being thrown away to go to landfill.

“One glass milk bottle could have transported all that milk many years ago because we would have sent it back to be washed and it would be re-used.

“It is something I feel strongly about and it took me about three days to make.

“I was shocked at people’s reactions – a lot of them said it should be in the Tate Modern which has made me want to make something else again next year.”

The knitted house will be on display at Calne Heritage Centre for two weeks from July 14, but the ‘milk bottle monster’ is looking for a home.

Anyone with any ideas should email Mr Broadhead on