The older generation passed on their skills to the younger generation today, Tuesday, when WI members handed over items they have knitted to help playgroup children learn.
Pat Lewis, Brenda Blaken, Hazel Bird and Sylvia Cooley, who belong to a Buckingham WI craft group, brought in hand-knitted dolls’ clothes and figures to children and staff at Buckingham Pre-School Playgroup.
The figures have been specially knitted to go with rhymes in the playgroup’s phonics book – including an apple, a snake and a pirate with a purple plait.
The children presented the WI members with a thank you card and chocolates.
The knitting project came out of a conversation between deputy playgroup leader Jenny Hunt and WI secretary Irene Noble.
Mrs Hunt said: “When I got chatting to Irene, she was very passionate about how much they have got to give and nobody wants it from them.
“So I said to her, whenever you want to, come in, we would welcome them with open arms.
“They’ve obviously been on a mission with this. I only asked them to do four or five characters but they ran with it and they’re doing the whole alphabet now.”
And she added: “I know Irene’s keen to come in again and share all the skills with the children, even if it’s just making a cake or talking about the past.
“This is our next generation and it’s important children meet adults of different ages.
“As part of the curriculum, we should be working with the community.
“I actually took my nine-year-old daughter round to the craft group at Irene’s, just to drop off the book, and we ended up spending the whole afternoon there.
“They were making cushion covers, crocheting, knitting and it was lovely for my daughter to see it.
“Yes, she does crafts but it’s gluing and sticking, it’s 21st century crafts.
“I actually felt she had an educational experience.”