Chorleywood WI might be missing their weekly craft meet-ups in the library during lockdown but they are in total make-mode at home
“The ladies are all knitting, crocheting and sewing like mad” says Penny Pugh, Chair, “It’s Bucks WI Federation Centenary this year and our WI craft group have challenged themselves to make 100 items – when we had our last session on 12 March they had already made 113, goodness knows what the total will be after lockdown! When we eventually get together there will be a pile of knitted baby clothes and teddies we will need to find homes for”
The group donate to several organisations and charities from family support organisation Home-Start to premature baby units, a children’s home in Uganda and Project Linus, which provides comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers with home-made patchwork quilts. The charity takes its name from Charlie Brown’s best friend Linus in the Peanuts comic strip who carried a blue security blanket.
“We might be making face-covers soon too” adds Penny, “My daughter’s sewing group is already on it and have been researching the right kind of fabric and how to make a pliable bit to cover the nose.”
The WI group can’t wait for the time they can resume their regular lunch at the Peppermill on the first Friday of the month “I was glad to discover that The Peppermill do home delivery! We had our first lockdown pizza last week and it was delicious”
But in the meantime, the ladies are phoning each other regularly and are about to attempt their first Zoom session.
“At first I thought it was going to be three of us but every day somebody rings up and says they will have a go,, encouraged by their families and taught how to get onto Zoom, usually by their grandchildren! There might even be 10 of us!”
Photos show; Penny with fellow WI member Suzanne Vazquez (just before lockdown) taking quilts to Watford Special Care Baby unit, quilts are put on top of incubators (see right).
Below: Chorleywood WI ladies at their Peppermill lunch