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Video: Norfolk knitting group receives £250,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund

The Bungay branch of the Norfolk Knitters will be exhibitiing their work at the Norfolk Knitters exhibition in Dereham on October 4, raising money for charity.

The Bungay branch of the Norfolk Knitters will be exhibitiing their work at the Norfolk Knitters exhibition in Dereham on October 4, raising money for charity.

A group of knitters is celebrating today after receiving £250,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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When Linda Brown started the project by placing an advert in a local magazine about a knitting circle in her home in 2008 she did not expect it to grow into the social enterprise that it is today.

Ms Brown, a 67-year-old retired headteacher, said: “People underestimate what retired women can achieve –our leadership group has a lifetime of experience across fields including teaching, law, nursing and now runs 
a project which provides a lifeline for thousands of people.”

Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers has almost 2,000 members and more than 85 Knit and Natter groups across the county.

The members produce sacks of stitched items for local, national and international charities.

Members have made items which are regularly sent to Syria, Sierra Leone, Ukraine and other areas effected by poverty, war and disease.

They also support local charities and organisations and produce stock which can be sold in shops.

The group is part of Community Service Volunteers Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) which runs and supports volunteering projects across the UK for people aged 50 and over tackling issues such as social isolation and improved health and wellbeing.

In 2013 the group was awarded £17,878 by the EDP’s Big Lottery Fund for the work Knit and Natter undertakes.

For more information about the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers group, go to www.norfolkknitters.org.uk

Do you know an unsung hero of a community group? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

2 comments

  • All credit to them for their worthy work but I can't imagine how they will spend £250,000. I guess it will go on room rental, refreshments, wool, maybe some travel expenses.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • £250k? Would love to see the breakdown, that's one hell of a lot of wool! Or a very fine golden fleece!

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    SilverMachine

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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