*** DEBUG END ***

Royal warmth

29 May 2015

JUST in case Princess Charlotte gets cold toes, the good knitters in Abbeyfield houses across Britain have been busily knitting squares to make her an extra blanket. It has been sewn together, and the finishing touches put to it, at Abbeyfield's Ilkley Society day centre, in the West Yorkshire & the Dales diocese.

The idea to make the royal baby a blanket came from the Abbeyfield "knit and natter" clubs that take place in many of the charity's houses. They are intended to keep the residents active, and to encourage friendships and conversation. The manager of the Ilkley Society day centre, Alice Wild, says that people who come to the centre from the community in Wharfedale, Ilkley, Menston, and Burley really took the baby-blanket project to their hearts.

"Older people love babies," she says, "and, as well as the chance to catch up with friends and take part in a fun social activity, it's given people the opportunity to talk about when their own families were small, and to remember royal births in previous generations."

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available


Inspiration: The Influences That Have Shaped My Life

September - November 2024

St Martin in the Fields Autumn Lecture Series 2024

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


Visit our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)