Welcoming cyclists/helping distressed children

Bishop Monkton Stitchers have two big projects on the go .....

Vests to form bunting to welcome world cyclists.

Jane Taplin and Lesley Taylor with some of the 'bobby buddies'.


THE 20 ladies in the Bishop Monkton Stitchers currently have two big projects on the go.

The main activity is knitting sweet little cycling vests in bright colours which will be used as bunting to welcome competitors in the World Cycling Championships when they pass through Ripon in late September.

The  group’s aim is to produce 270 of the little vests and these will be strung  up along railings, in windows and on walls in Ripon for the big event.

The ladies in the Stitchers group meet regularly in one another’s houses where they knit, natter and enjoy a nice cup of tea and slice of cake made by that week’s host

The second project in which they are currently engaged is to produce tiny ‘bobby buddies’ - toy bears measuring no more than 9 inches high, and all dressed in smart police uniforms.

These tiny teddies are made for a special purpose. They will be used by North Yorkshire Police to lessen the trauma of children in distress.

The ‘bobby buddies’ are then handed to youngsters who have experienced distressing incidents ranging fromdomestic violence to serious road traffic accidents.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward says: ‘Knitting a ‘bobby buddy’ is a very special way for people in the local community to help children who have been exposed to distressing and traumatic experiences. On behalf of North Yorkshire Police, I’m deeply grateful for your support You really are making a difference’.

Bishop Monkton Stitchers has now been running for 21 years. It started when the Parish Church needed kneelers.

LesleyTaylor heard the call, and organised a meeting at her home. She expected perhaps half a dozen ladies would come. Actually 27 turned up and the group has been thriving ever since!

In that time they have made hundreds of knitted and embroidered items which have been in support of numerous worthwhile causes.

Members pay 50p to attend each meeting, and this money goes to charity. Among those to benefit have been Yorkshire Ambulance, the Parish Church, the Methodist Chapel and Village Hall. On September 27 the Stitchers will be holding a Coffee Morning at the Village Hall which will raise funds for MacMillan Nurses.

Their big project before the most recent one linked to the World Cycle Championships was to produce hundred of knitted poppies which then formed part of an amazing display in Ripon to mark the anniversary of the end of fhe Great War.  

Keep up the good work, ladies!