Love - and wool - is what we need, say Cupar knitters

Cupar,   Cupar Baptist Church, Bonnygate'group of ladies, Cupar Dorcas Group, who are knitting clothes for babies in Malawi, with new minister Reverend TIM POWER'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Cupar, Cupar Baptist Church, Bonnygate'group of ladies, Cupar Dorcas Group, who are knitting clothes for babies in Malawi, with new minister Reverend TIM POWER'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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Kind-hearted local people are being asked to donate wool for a new group of knitters whose nimble fingers are helping babies in Malawi.

The Dorcas Group, which meets every Tuesday afternoon in Cupar Baptist Church, have already knitted dozens of garments to be sent to the Zambesi Mission and distributed to mothers in Malawi who are so poor that they often have to wrap their newborns in newspaper.

The group was started after Church Deacon Maureen Ramsay overheard the new minister, the Rev. Tim Power, talk about a similar group that was set up in his previous ministry in Nairn.

It’s taken off so well that the knitters are in desperate need of more balls of wool so they can keep up their production line of baby clothes.

Mike Beresford, director of the Zambesi Mission, recently returned from a visit to Malawi and Mozambique where he handed over more than 100 baby garments knitted by the Nairn group to mothers of one-day old babies.

“The mothers who received the vests were so grateful and the Cupar Dorcas Group knitted items will be welcomed with open arms,” he said.

“The visit ended with a procession of friends and relatives coming into the ward dancing and singing songs of thanks and praise to God. It was very moving,”

Mr Power said: “It’s so encouraging that these ladies of Cupar have such loving concern for those women and children so less well off than us. I’m deeply grateful for their expenditure of wool, and the time and care they take in making these items, which if they didn’t, the mothers and children just would not have any substitute for.

“It’s just great to see women from different churches and with no church connection come together to chat, have coffee, and have the opportunity to knit and crochet, or learn to if they wish, and this activity result in such a positive outcome both our own people and those so far away in Malawi.”

Malawi-based Zambesi Mission field director Simon Chatwani plans to visit the group later this year. Meanwhile, they meet every Tuesday in Cupar Bapist Church between 2pm and 4pm, and new members are welcome.