Knitters wanted

Maghera Heritage & Culture Centre

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About the Volunteer Opportunity

Do you enjoy knitting/crocheting?

Want to help a local project?

Maghera Heritage & Cultural Centre are asking volunteers to donate knitted 6×6 squares. Once you have your 6″squares completed you can either sew them together into a blanket or drop them off. This project is one way to do something positive during the present restrictions and make a difference to people’s lives.

Their project was inspired by the members of the Derry Square Knitters. Over two years ago they began knitting 6X6 squares to be made up into blankets and sent to babies and children in refugee camps. Since they started over 1,000 blankets have been given to those who needed them most, mothers and babies who had fled their homes and been left with nothing.

Elena Lydon, an Irish nurse working in Moira camp in Greece, described conditions there last week “There are over five-hundred pregnant women in the camp. Accommodation is basic. The refugees live in plastic tents with no heating, electricity, running water or toilets”.

Here are sizes that have been suggested.

  • BABY minimum 36 X 36 inches (6 squares each way) to maximum 42 X 42 ” squares (7 squares each way)
  • TODDLER 48″ X 48″ (8 squares each way)
  • OLDER CHILD /ADULT 60″ X 90″ (10 squares X 15 squares) This fits on a twin bed.

 

As well as squares and blankets they are also accepting baby clothes.

About the Organisation

Maghera Heritage and Cultural Centre came about as a development and expansion of the Maghera Historical Society.

One of the aims of the Society was to ‘provide a suitable centre in Maghera where information, records, publications, photographs, memorabilia, folk memories and artefacts, connected with the history of the town and the surrounding districts can be collected, preserved, displayed and consulted in a venue to the public.

This centre is also to be used to run a programme of events relating to the culture and heritage of the area’. With the establishment of the Centre, which was formally opened on 31st October 2015, the Society achieved this aim.

Since opening its doors the Centre has run a wide range of activities relating to the life of the local area. These range from lectures, exhibitions and workshops through to the establishment of an annual Agri-Show and Country Fayre, a Storytelling Festival and a Christmas Market.

www.maghera-heritage.org.uk 

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