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Following an earlier success with the Oundle Monopoly game, Oundle Volunteer Action’s latest fund-raising initiative is The Oundle Jigsaw.  Based on an original illustration by Gillian Dolby of Oundle’s Dolby Gallery, the 1000-piece jigsaw features shops & other buildings in the town centre, plus a host of residents and other pedestrians, both real and imaginary, going about their daily business. 

Completing the jigsaw is likely to prove a real challenge, even for seasoned ‘dissectologists’, and should prove to be a much sought-after souvenir of all that Oundle offers for all residents, those who work or attend school in the town, as well as for tourists and other visitors.

Volunteer Action (VA) is a local charity which operates in Oundle, Thrapston and 46 surrounding villages.  Its principal activity is the running of a community car scheme which aims to provide reasonably-priced transport for those in genuine need who live in the area.  Its 75 volunteer drivers take passengers to hospital, surgery or dental appointments, and for social and shopping trips. 

VA also provides a befriending service, with befrienders giving one-to-one support and companionship for the elderly and those isolated by disability, as well as a referral service, which helps clients make contact with other local and national support agencies.  VA is partly funded by grants from Local Authorities & the NHS, but also relies on donations from individuals and organisations as well as its own fund-raising activities.

VA wish to acknowledge the generosity of Gillian Dolby in allowing her image to be used and also to thank Simon Dolby for his help with the artwork for the jigsaw box, storage and distribution of the jigsaws.  Thanks are also due to Liz Turnbull & Jane Fenton at Oundle School, and to The Coleman Group, for their support with the project.

The jigsaw retails at £20 and is available at The Oundle Bookshop, Colemans Stationers & Dolby Gallery.  All proceeds from sales of the jigsaw will go to the VA charity. 

  The Oundle Jigsaw