September 24, 2017

Knitting Wool

Calling all knitters! Our resident knitting guru Rachel will be bringing lots of different wool to the Spring Social this Saturday so if you want some very reasonably priced wool be sure to come along and see her. Rachel’s wool is just one of a variety of local produce on offer this Saturday 10.30am – 12.30. Hope to see you there!

Claxton & Sand Hutton Knit and Natter

Next meeting is Monday 4th November 10am to 12 noon in the Village Hall. Everyone welcome, knitters or not, to drop in for a coffee and catch up with friends and neighbours.

Knit & Natter Gathering

The next meeting of Sand Hutton and Claxton Knit and Natter is on Monday 7th October. 10.00am to 12 noon. All welcome, knitters or not, from far or near.
More details from Rachel on 01904 468336

Knit & Natter Gathering

The next meeting of Claxton & Sand Hutton Knit and Natter is on Monday 5th. August, 10.00am to 12 noon in the village hall. New knitters always welcome. Further information from Rachel, 01904 468336

Women’s Institute – April Meeting

Thursday evening saw a large turnout (over 30) for our musical evening as the Claxton & Sand Hutton ladies were joined by members from other WI branches.

George Horne, the very popular local singer regaled us with amusing stories from his musical life which started at the age of 8 years when he sang in a church gang show. After National Service, George became a teacher near Doncaster and joined the local Amateur Dramatic group who were (as he quickly discovered) woefully short of men.

We heard about one production of The Pirates of Penzance which was going so well until the curtain wouldn’t rise. But as we all know, the ‘show must go on’ so the cast sang their song from behind the curtain – to great applause from the audience who seemed to think it was all part of the show!

We also heard about a wonderful performance of The Desert Song where all 8 men of the cast had to play both Arabs and Legionnaires – extremely quick changes being the order of the night!

Later when he moved to York, George joined the York Amateurs and extended his repertoire with shows such as Show Boat, The Music Man, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.

Interspersed with his trip down memory lane, George sang a number of his favourite songs including “I won’t send Roses” (Mac & Mabel), “Unforgettable”, “Wonderful World”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Leaning on a Lamp post” (with audience participation) and finished with a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline”.

After the music, we had a special visit from Rachel Hirst (of Knit & Natter fame) to talk about and encourage us to take part in a special knitting event called ‘Heartsease’. There are 1.5 million children suffering from neglect and abuse in the UK. Kids Company (a London based charity) works with 36,000 of these young people – 6,000 of them are small children. We were asked to knit a small heart shaped bag for one of these little people which the Kids Company team will then use in therapy session with those children they are working with. The bags will contain messages of hope and the ‘pockets’ can hold small keep-sakes and treasures. Rachel also gave out knitting patterns for the bags.

New ‘Knit and Natter’ Group for Sand Hutton and Claxton

Welcome to the new ‘Knit and Natter’ group starting on Monday 3rd September in the village hall, 10.00am to 12.00 on the first Monday of the month (the same time as the Community Library).

Knitters, and indeed natterers of all levels of expertise are welcome to join in sharing skills and ideas over a cuppa, a ball of yarn and a pair of needles. If you haven’t any knitting on the go, come along anyway. Simple knitting is provided; the nattering is up to you.

The group is hosted by Rachel Hirst, who will bring something of interest to knitters to open up the chat each month. Knitters are welcome to join in and bring their own contributions. Rachel is a member of the U.K. Hand Knitting Association. This aims to promote hand knitting in the community and schools. For loads more exciting information, take a look on the UKHA website www.ukhandknitting.com

Can’t knit? Forgotten how? As rusty as your needles?

Rachel will be very happy to teach you the basics in your own home in exchange for a mug of coffee. Materials are provided, and she will make sure you have something to bring with you to the group. Tuition usually takes about 1 hour.

There is no charge for the meeting or tuition so how can you resist?

Come and meet Rachel and her needles at the Saturday Social on the 11th August.

For more information, or to book a free lesson phone Rachel on 01904 468336