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Some of the Easter chickens made
to be sold for Katherine House
A group of Helmdon ladies have been meeting once a month for the last 20 years to sit and sew, knit and stitch, crochet and chatter. They were initially brought together to make the wonderful tapestry kneelers for Helmdon Church and when over 100 were finished, the ladies decided to keep on meeting at a member’s home and have done so ever since.
Over the years the twelve or so ladies have worked on a variety of skills from patchwork to quilting, cross stitch and embroidery, knitting and of course chatting.
As well as creating for pleasure the ladies have made items for charity. They regularly sent boxes to the Red Cross and knitted over 1,000 Easter chickens for Katherine House Hospice as well as Christmas puddings and stockings, which have been sold in the Hospice Shops. They have also knitted warm hats for soldiers in Afghanistan for the charity Support Our Soldiers and beanie hats and blankets for a charity based in Ghana. They have lost count of the number of stripey jumpers knitted for children in need around the world.
As an offshoot of the group, a Craft Day has been held in Helmdon Church every two years since 2002, which has been enjoyed by many and again donations have been given to charities such as MIND and the Air Ambulance.
We all look forward to our monthly get-togethers and although we would like to include more members, sadly there is no space around the table!
Louise Stothard on behalf of Helmdon Stitchers