knit and natter

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A community centre in Swinton is unveiling a display of handmade poppies for a Remembrance Day Service as part of their Knit and Natter group.

Chantelle, one of the organisers at the Hive said the focus of the hub is to bring the community of Swinton together, and eliminate loneliness and isolation.

She said: “It’s not about sitting down and learning to knit; it’s about getting people to come out have a chat. If you can’t knit, have a natter!”

The dozens of poppies from the Knit and Natter group will be displayed on a tree, cascading down in Victoria Park for the Remembrance Day service.

Chantelle said: “They’re not just knitted, they’re crocheted, stitched, painted. It’s for everyone to be a part of the group and join in.”

The Mayor of Salford has been invited and will be giving a speech at the service which is open to attend by the public.

There will also be a drill performed by the local cadet branch, and Domonique, a jazz singer will be singing tunes reminiscent of war time music.

The community hub is partly run by a small group of veteran volunteers who will be the standard bearers for the service on Thursday, who will dip the flag in commemoration.


The Hive will also be planting plastic poppies made from old plastic bottles that have been crafted and painted by local schoolchildren. As well as volunteers from Chatsworth High School, a school for children with profound learning difficulties in Eccles have also taken part.

Chantelle said: “We have had students come here to work with their supervisors and they do other jobs as well around the Hive. It helps them to build skills, get them into the community and build their confidence.”

The service starts at 12:30 in Victoria Park, for more information contact them on 0161 637 4141.

Here are some other events happening around Salford on Remembrance Sunday.

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