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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Volunteers Wanted For Crafty Clickers Knitting Project

Details have just been announced of a new combined charity project based at The ACE Centre in Nelson – and local crafters are being invited to get involved.

Hot on the heels of their outstanding success with their knitted poppies in support of the Royal British Legion last year, the group of ladies (and one brave man) fondly known as The Crafty Clickers are now launching their latest projects – one very familiar one and one that is brand new.

Having presented the Royal British Legion with over 300 beautiful poppies for the Poppy Appeal last November, the group have been approached by the RBL to extend their poppy-knitting through to August of this year as part of the First World War Centenary events.  The response to the beautiful flowers produced was outstanding and it is a tribute to the talented crafters that they have been asked to extend this project!

However, that isn’t all!  Crafty Clickers organiser Beverly McKiernan has been approached by the group Carers Contact which supports unpaid Carers throughout Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.  Their role is to help raise awareness amongst unpaid Carers of the support that is available to them and also to raise money which the charity can use in its efforts to support these Carers.

Chairperson of the Carers 4 Carers Group (part of Carers Contact) is Pauline Hague, who is also a very active member of Pendle Crafters, one of the busiest poppy producing groups last year.  Pauline not only has a gorgeous Blue Violet crochet pattern which she will provide to any interested parties, but can also supply wool AND for those who have never had the opportunity to learn to crochet, she will also arrange to TEACH anyone wishing to help with the project how to do basic crocheting!

Anyone interested in getting involved should ring Beverly at The ACE Centre on 01282 661080 or email her at Beverly.mckiernan@pendleleisuretrust.co.uk   

All crafters wishing to produce poppies can get stuck in right away – just contact Beverly and she will forward the pattern by email or post.  Anyone wishing to get involved with the Blue Violets should also contact Beverly direct and she will liaise with Pauline to arrange a class for those who wish to learn a new craft!  The Blue Violet Appeal will launch officially later this month.

So with many long dark winter evenings ahead, why not get involved, create your own winter garden with Blue Violets and (if you wish) multi-coloured poppies – AND grab the opportunity to learn a new craft!

Similarly, anyone wishing to support the scheme with donations of wool, knitting needles or crochet hooks) should contact Beverly on the above number.
 
And of course, the invitation is most definitely open to young and old, seasoned crafters and novices -  and a special invitation goes out to the gentlemen crafters as well as the fairer sex