A blanket and brew down at Ferry Cafe

The Knit and Natter group in Fleetwood have created a blanket to raise money for charity. Pictured L-R is Bridget Spindler, Janet James, John Norman and Shirley Lines.
The Knit and Natter group in Fleetwood have created a blanket to raise money for charity. Pictured L-R is Bridget Spindler, Janet James, John Norman and Shirley Lines.

FLEETWOOD folk who like to knit have found that it’s more fun to do it while having a natter.

And the group are also raising money for a good cause at the same time. The Knit a Natter group, who meet on Wednesday lunchtimes at the Ferry Cafe, Fleetwood, has created three blankets already to auction off in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

They meet weekly to whip up colourful creations and chat at the same time. The group provides a chance for local people to make new friends and pick up tips with their knitting.

Janet James, from South Shore, was one of the first members of the group. She said: “It’s just sort of built up from there being two of us. They are a great bunch.

“Even the men come along to have a nice chat too as we knit.

“We have knitted three blankets and are also making scarves, crochet items, beads and so on to help raise money for Macmillan.

“It’s a really good cause which the Ferry Cafe has been supporting for a few years now.”

Shirley Lines, from Fleetwood, added: “It’s nice to get together and chat and knit. We can swap ideas, we exchange patterns and tell each other where you can buy wool. I saw a similar club in Spain and, when I came back, I thought it would be great to do something like that here.

“I asked around about who would be interested and it just took off. You get to meet new people and make new friends.”

Julie Watson, from Fleetwood, said joining the group gave her something to do: “I am waiting for a hip replacement and I was getting so bored and fed up of not being able to really do anything.

“So this is great, it gives me something to do and a chance to meet people and chat.”

The Ferry Cafe is one of the last links to the old Fleetwood Pier operation of yesteryear.

It is run by the Stefani family and has become one of Fleetwood’s traditions in its own right.

Lee Preston-Stefani told the Weekly News: “It’s great that the Knit a Natter group has gone from strength to strength.

“We have had a terrible last few months with the trams works but hopefully we will have a much better summer this year and it would be nice if we could get a few other groups like this one meeting up here.”