New knitting group is launched

NAWN 1203205 Phase 1 knitting club. Members of the Phase 1 knitting club. Kath Wilkinson, Ruth Lewington, Pat Foster, Win Ursito, Maureen Tilney, Joyce Norcliffe and Jean Ridge. (1203205AM)
NAWN 1203205 Phase 1 knitting club. Members of the Phase 1 knitting club. Kath Wilkinson, Ruth Lewington, Pat Foster, Win Ursito, Maureen Tilney, Joyce Norcliffe and Jean Ridge. (1203205AM)

A WETHERBY pensioner has formed her own community knitting group - and all in the name of charity.

The Hallfield Court Ladies was set up by 75-year-old Pat Foster and is now a regular Tuesday fixture each month in her home.

The eight currently get together for the craft-themed event and knit a range of goods for children who are Aids victims in Africa and New Zealand and need warm clothes.

Over a cup of tea, the women knit a range of items, including hats, blankets and jumpers, which are then sent abroad to newborn babies who are discharged from hospital.

Pat started knitting the items as a member of Wetherby District U3A group - a self-help organisation for people not in full-time work - but then decided to set up her own community group after moving to Hallfield Court 18 months ago from Boston Spa when she was looking to make new friends.

She has now set up Phase One Hallfield Court Knitting Group.

She told the Wetherby News: “I used to knit with the U3A and it was just an idea I had to carry this on.

“We are all pensioners, one lady who joins us is blind but she knits beautifully.

“I have only lived here for around 18 months so it is a nice to get to know people, the other ladies are fantastic.

She added: “Sometimes we chat so much, we don’t get much knitting done, but the ladies take away their wool to knit at home.”

Pat said the group would welcome any donations of wool for future knitting as they have now been asked to knit soft toys and clothing for older children.

To donate wool to Pat and the group contact Pat Foster on 01937 586152.