- Workbox

Workbox meets at 10am on the 1st Thursday of the month in the parish hall library for craft activities and a chat to make items for church use and for charities such as the Poole Hospital Neo-Natal Unit and the Salvation Army.

October 2020

5 members of the Workbox Group met for the first time since March, suitably distanced and cleansed of course. We spent some time sharing our experiences of being Locked In and were reassured that we had all had the same concerns.

Were delighted to learn that the Poole Neonatal Unit were able to accept our gifts so we spent the morning packing up 8 bags of knitting – hats, blankets and cardigans, plus cotton bags and shoulder rolls for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

These have been delivered and the staff were overwhelmed by our gifts. 



Workbox February 2019

December 2018 saw the completion of all the warm clothing which we knit for “Mary’s Men” – the homeless of Bournemouth supported by The Salvation Army. These gifts are presented at the annual Mothers’ Union Deanery Advent service. Highcliffe received a special thank you as we as a church contributed such a lot.

We are currently meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month in the Library from 10 – 12. However, from the beginning of Lent we will meet weekly, beginning on 7th March. For our Lent Knitting we knit items for the Neonatal Unit at Poole Hospital and for the Women’s Refuge in Bournemouth.

 Workbox July 2018

We completed an abundance of garments for the Neo Natal Unit at Poole Hospital, including tiny christening gowns for stillborn babies. This year our special focus was on knitting red hats which are worn by new born babies in need of special attention, so they can be easily spotted by the nursing staff.
I have received letters of grateful thanks.

I have a large bag of hand knitted items yet to be delivered to the Bournemouth Women’s Refuge.

During our meetings we contribute “coffee” money and at our year end we have been able to give £50 in Tesco Gift Cards to the Refuge and £50 to the Diocesan Mothers’ Union Away from it All Holiday, the latter are given as gifts to the families as they return home.

We have welcomed two new members to our group this year, Jan Stonnard also Sylvia Whitlock who worships at St Mark’s on alternate weeks.

We recently enjoyed a happy day at local fabric and craft shops followed by a lunch together at Haskins Garden Centre.
We begin again in September with work for the Salvation Army’s Mary’s Men, the garments being distributed at the MU Deanery Advent service.

A number of the group, plus some others are meeting soon to consider the possibilities of making Poppies to decorate the church for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day on 11th November. A planning meeting will be held on 26th July in The Library.

Once again, a very happy group who enjoy meeting and working together.

Christine Clode 


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