Knitting success in Cheltenham
Monday 9 March 2015
A beautiful community quilt inspired by friendship has been created by the dedicated knitters of Brandon Trust’s social inclusion group in Cheltenham.
The woollen masterpiece, featuring all the colours of the rainbow, is the work of the Knit and Natter group as a result of at their regular get-togethers. Set up by the Brandon Trust and supported by Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH), the group meet twice a month on a Thursday morning at the Wallace House Community Hub based on Windermere Road.
Since November, the members of the Knit and Natter Group have been keeping their knitting needles busy by creating sections of the quilt which is made up of a series of colourful knitted squares.
The group is coordinated by Samantha Dee, Brandon Trust Activity Coordinator, and welcomes men and women of all ages and abilities. She said: "The group is all about social inclusion and the people we support being part of the community. It also offers people a chance to build new friendships outside of Brandon Trust."
Paula Watson, CBH’s Community Activity Coordinator, said: "We’re delighted with the success of this group which has proved to be a fantastic way of bringing together people from all walks of life with a shared interest. It’s a joy to see the older and younger members of the group learning from each other and building new friendships."
The Knit and Natter Group won’t be putting their knitting needles down any time soon and have already got some new community projects in their sights. They'll be making fingerless mittens to support homeless people, bonnets for neo-natal units and Twiddle Muffs for sufferers of dementia.
For more information about the Knit and Natter Group, please contact Samantha Dee at Brandon Trust on:
07884 384 928