Posted: Mon 8th Feb 2016

‘Knitting Nannies’ generate over £1,000 for Cwmfelinfach Primary School /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

A group of women have raised over £1,000 during the last year through knitting and sewing a range of products, with proceeds donated to Cwmfelinfach Primary School. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The ‘Knitting Nannies’ originally began knitting items to sell at the school’s fete two years ago and have continued to raise funds on behalf of the school by selling their creations. The group have generated over £1,000 during the last year through selling homemade knitted and sewn products, such as hedgehog families, reindeers, minions, The Gruffalo toys and Easter chicks and bunnies, to name a few. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As a result of this, the school have purchased; two sewing machines, a portable sound system and badminton nets. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The group also volunteer their time during textile lessons, helping key stage 2 children to make blankets for the Dog’s Trust, a school banner, blankets for the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, P.E. kit bags and a wall hanging constructed from appliqued squares made by each child in key stage 2. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “I am thrilled that Cwmfelinfach Primary School has created an intergenerational hub within the school, where pupils can learn a lifelong skill from such knowledgeable members of the community. Thank you to the ‘Knitting Nannies’ for giving up their time, which gives pupils the chance to not only learn skills, but also to benefit from the relationships that have been established between different generations within the community”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Witchell, Head Teacher at Cwmfelinfach Primary School said: “Thank you to the ‘Knitting Nannies’ for their continued hard work and commitment to our school. Without them, the pupils of Cwmfelinfach Primary School would not have gained the skills so easily forgotten such as knitting, sewing, embroidery, crocheting and creating items using a sewing machine”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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