Helping the homeless

The women of Shilbottle Forum with their knitted blankets they made for the Salvation Army.
 Picture by Jane Coltman
The women of Shilbottle Forum with their knitted blankets they made for the Salvation Army. Picture by Jane Coltman

Women are helping to keep the homeless warm, by knitting blankets.

Members of Shilbottle Forum knitted hundreds of squares during Lent, which were sewn together to make eight blankets for the Salvation Army homeless shelter.

Last year, they decorated St James’s Church in the village with knitted garlands, poppy wreaths and a poppy tree for Remembrance Sunday.

The main knitters are Doreen Reid, Sylvia Willcox, May Mills, Veronica Riddell, Maureen Grey, Sheila Robson, Yvonne Douglas and Nora Allcorn.

Doreen’s daughter Maureen appealed for spare wool on Facebook and received bags full. Dawn, from the Wool Shop in the Shambles, Alnwick, has also supported the Forum’s projects.

As well as the knitting, Elisabeth and helpers Edith, Margaret, Maureen and May make soup and sandwiches to sell.

The group also helps raise money for various charities throughout the year and many organisations in the village have received donations from the Forum.

The next knitting project is still to be decided. One suggestion is hats and scarves for children in poverty.