U3A members knit Easter chicks for Lyme Regis schoolchildren

CHILDREN at St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis have received hand-knitted Easter gifts from members of the local University of the Third Age (U3A).

Before the coronavirus pandemic, a dedicated group of U3A knitters approached the school and created a knitting club for the children.

Each week pupils, alongside their adopted knitter, learnt the basics of casting on, knitting and counting stitches. The initiative was a great success, bringing together different generations of the community with a shared interest.

However, due to partial school closures during the pandemic, this club was put on pause in March 2020.

During the autumn of 2021, the U3A approached the school again, asking if they could undertake a project which would result in every child receiving a personal gift to let them know they were thinking of their budding knitters.

The group, made up of 27 knitters and led by Rachael Pope, knitted away until finally they had created 123 chickens, each designed to sit on an egg – in this case a chocolate Cream Egg for Easter.

Each child and adult at St Michael’s received a chicken with its egg.

When handing over the brood, Rachael said: “This is passing down something special in these difficult times from one generation to another.”  

The school would like to pass on its thanks to all 27 knitters and the Lyme Regis U3A organisation who kindly provided the wool, the eggs and most of all their time in supporting the children.

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