KNIT AND NATTER
The group will continue to meet on the 4th Tuesday in the month from 10.00 till 12.00, in the church.
This year’s dates are 24 May, 28 June, 19 July, 23 August (to be confirmed), 27 September, 25 October, 22 November.
The two projects recently started are progressing well and newcomers and/or visitors are always welcome.
Nearly all the wool so far donated has been used. Any further contributions would be very welcome. If you have any to donate but can’t get to the meeting, you can get in touch with Dorothy on 640242. The group’s current project is red poppies to be made for sale for the British Legion.
The group will be starting new projects soon and we shall announce these in future issues of the magazine. They are always interested to receive wools, patterns etc., and ideas for projects. If you can’t get to the meeting, call Jane on 641501.
The idea came about in 2012 when the Moggerhanger Meeting Place & Shop organisers were looking for ways to make more use of the Meeting Place part of the venture at the back of St. John’s Church (in Blunham Road). Knit and Natter groups are springing up in many places as knitting became popular again, and it was decided to use the back of the church for a Moggerhanger group to meet regularly when the shop is open in the mornings.
The group meets once a month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month (10.00-12.00), and has many regulars. There are wools, needles and know-how available and people either bring their own projects or come and do a bit of knitting for charity, and perhaps learn to knit in the process. Members have produced work for the Shoe Box Appeal in 2013. Members have also made animals for the village travelling Christmas crib and donated characters for the church Christmas crib.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and friendship are always available and newcomers are very welcome – just come along, join in and have a good time.
This year the group is knitting garments for a charity run by John Law of Moggerberry, Home Farm, Moggerhanger Park, who goes to Moldova every year to take clothes, agricultural and other materials and know-how to people living in extreme poverty. The children in the villages often live on their own because their parents are forced to leave for the big cities to earn, so warm knitwear is especially welcome.
John has has now made a trip to Moldova and successfully delivered the knitted goods. He has suggested that as well as jumpers and cardigans sleeveless pullovers or tank tops would be very useful as an additional layer of warm clothing. He has some photos of the children which, all being well he will show and give us a short talk at our July meeting. He has also promised to bring some fruit locally grown at Moggerberry.
In July, we were visited by John Law who runs ‘Moggerberry’ a charity which raises funds for a project to help a village in the eastern European country of Moldova. The focus of the charity is to improve the lives of villagers in Moldova through improved agriculture, practical aid and support of a group of children giving a guarantee of education and meals. John extended an invitation to all to visit the farm in Park Road where all income from this undertaking goes directly to support the charity. He once again thanked us for all the warm clothing we have knitted.
John talked about the very harsh conditions in which the people lived and described how many children are left to fend for themselves when their parents went away to work. The Knit & Natter group had given a quantity of jumpers and other knitted garments. John said these were very gratefully received and encouraged members to send hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers (especially for older children), and sleeveless pullovers. They love bright colours and bold designs so it’s a good opportunity to use any odd balls of wool. The group has a supply of wool if anyone wishes to help this worthwhile cause.
John said our garments are very much appreciated in Moldova. They would be happy to receive more – scarves, gloves, hats, sleeveless pullovers, larger sizes – anything children of all ages would find useful. Our group has a stock of wools, needles, patterns – and expertise – so why not try your hand at knitting and enjoy a natter too.
24 March 2015
John Law of MoggerBerry came to tell us about his Moldova project and to collect the knitwear for the children there which the group had produced. He also told us about a project to build up a collection of irises at MoggerBerry (part of Home Farm, at the gate to the Park). And for a different event he asked the group to knit some bunting!
Some knitwear bound for Moldova
Tuesday 22 January 2013
This was a very snowy day underfoot after snowfalls over the weekend. Nonetheless there was a good turnout with more than nine people who braved the weather to have a good knit!
FIRST EVER KNIT AND NATTER
Tuesday 27 November 2012
Braving very bad weather, 13 people came, including 5 non-villagers. There was a good buzz, with some people knitting their own things, others working on various projects including making sheep for the church travelling crib (1 sheep stays behind at every house the crib visits), one person already knitting for next year’s Shoe Box Appeal.
Those present were:
Villagers: Dorothy Bashford, Jill Bayliss, Jo Hollington, Eileen Izzard, Judith Mooney, Elizabeth Ruddell, Pat Whitworth, Mary Wilson.
Non-villagers: Pam Beard (Sandy), Lucinda Butler (Potton), Carol Glenn, Colin Strange (Biggleswade) and Joyce Sturgeon (Cople).