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Women knit for ‘Fish and Chip’ Babies

A steady hum of chat could be heard round the table at Saltburn’s Cricket Club when 16 knitters busied themselves to help children both in the UK and Africa. The group is one of two in Saltburn and District

U3A - a learning organisation for retired people - who are knitting for ‘fish and chip’ babies in Africa as well as children suffering from trauma following fires and major accidents in Britain. “The African babies are called ‘fish and chip’

children because they are wrapped in newspaper after leaving hospital - they have no woollen clothing to go home in,” said Mrs June Fountain, of Redcar, who leads the group meeting at the cricket club. “We registered with a charity Loving Hands, of

Aberdeen, and have picked from their wish-list suitable causes for us to help. Recently we posted two large parcels full of babies’ jumpers, bootees and ten-inch high teddy bears - the teddies go to street children who have no families.” Mrs Fountain said her four-year-old group was one

of many all over the country helping to knit jumpers for African babies, many of whom are suffering from AIDS. In addition blankets and crocheted lap-rugs were

made for elderly people. “We are a self-help group, helping one another. We

find the work very rewarding.” The other U3A group which knits meets at Saltburn Golf Club. The 12 members knit items which go to Africa

Mrs June Fountain, holding nearly-finished teddy bear, and

Margaret Watson, with knitting needles, show other ‘self-help’ members of the U3A group some of the completed work they have done at Saltburn cricket club.

and other countries and nearly 100 garments were recently sent to Africa. The new organisation which is doing the sending for

this group is Loftus WI. U3A’s Sally Melvin, who is the curriculum link, told the monthly coffee morning on 4th November that the knitters’ work was “fantastic” and well- appreciated.

Cleveland Divers BSAC Branch 978

This November has seen your local BSAC diving club ‘Cleveland Divers,’ once again working in co-operation with ‘Redcar and Cleveland Sports Development Team to promote the sport of scuba diving within and across our region. Our ‘Introduction to Scuba Diving,’ courses are

part of the ‘Sportivate Project,’ which is a £32 million Lottery programme that provides access to six-week courses in a range of sports such as: judo, golf, tennis and wakeboarding. Training is carried out by our BSAC qualified

instructors and all equipment is provided. The course introduces the basic skills of diving and runs on Monday evenings at 8:15pm to 9:30pm at Saltburn Leisure Pool. The full cost of the course is £18. The next six week block sessions are scheduled to begin early February 2012 and more block sessions are scheduled for May, July, and September of 2012. So for those who want to try a new and exciting

experience or those who just want to ‘give it a go,’ you can enrol by contacting either Andy (01642 405529), Robert (01642 322853), June (01287 209582) or John (01287 280461) or by popping along on a Monday evening at 8:15pm at Saltburn Leisure Pool.

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