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Get Woolly This October!

Did you know that 5 – 11 October this year is British Wool and Knitting Week?

The Good Wool ShopThere are events and activities planned across the country, but there’s no need to go further than Formby thanks to the Good Wool Shop at Derbyshire’s on Chapel Lane.

Getting in a day early, you could learn Tunisian crochet at an afternoon workshop on Sunday October 4th.  From Monday onwards, check out the new ranges of British wools in stock for the autumn season.  We’re not talking scratchy woollens here: there are luxurious wools from British Blue-faced Leicester and Teeswater sheep, and even home-grown alpaca yarn.  There will be free patterns from British designers written for Wool Week too.

If you’re already into knitting or crochet you can join in with Knit and Natter sessions on Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon.  If you haven’t yet learnt, just ask about classes run by The Good Wool Shop’s expert tutors.

Friday October 9 is Woolly Hat Day, when you can wear a woolly hat and help raise money for the Mission to Seafarers, or pick up a specially designed pattern for your new winter beanie.

9 October also sees the start of the Coats Crafts Crochet-a-long, and the Good Wool Shop will have not only the patterns but the selected yarn colours available for customers to get started right away.  The crochet-a-long lasts six weeks so that by mid November you can create a fabulous afghan blanket.

All through the week there’s a call to Commit to Knit: the UK Hand Knitting Association is aiming to get 1000 volunteers to sign up to knit an item for one of the charities taking part in its nationwide campaign. 

“So many charities raise valuable funds or can make contributions to those less fortunate thanks to the army of knitters that support them,’ explains Russell Morris, chair of UK Hand Knitting.

“We wanted to take the opportunity this year to celebrate their work and invite more knitters to take part.” 

Good causes which will benefit include premature babies, dementia sufferers, AIDS orphans in South Africa and women recovering from breast cancer surgery.

To find out more about British Wool and Knitting Week, just call The Good Wool Shop on 01704 830465, or call in at Derbyshire’s on Chapel Lane in Formby.  There’s also information on the website or on Facebook at The Good Wool Shop.


Rescue Services In Action On Formby Beach

Here are the details of the emergency as they unfolded on-line, these are a selection of reports posted during the course of the day.

Fire and Rescue

International Journalist Book Signing

Rory OKeefeInternational journalist Rory O'Keeffe (a former Holy Family High School student) will be at The Olde Bookshop, 54 Brow Lane, Formby, from 10.30am-12.30pm this Saturday (3rd October).

He'll be there to sign copies of his latest book  The Toss of a Coin: voices from a modern crisis.

The book is primarily made up of first-person accounts from refugees from across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, from combatants in the first Libyan Civil War, and people displaced by that conflict, along with some accounts about living in a refugee camp and then a nation devastated by war.

The book closes with analysis of the events in Libya and Tunisia since the 'Arab Spring', which have shaped the North Africa and Mediterranean region and placed it at the centre of the international refugee emergency - the gravest crisis of our age.

To buy a copy of the book, and speak to Rory about his experiences and the wider crisis, just drop by the shop on Saturday morning.

About Rory:

Rory is an international reporter with newspaper and broadcast experience, who lived and worked at Choucha refugee camp, Tunisia, then Sirte, Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya, in the immediate aftermath of the first Libyan Civil War (February-October 2011).

He is an expert on North Africa and the Middle East, including the plight of the refugees in the region, and is available for interview, analysis, opinion and comment on these and related topics.

You can contact him through his representative at Hygge Media, on, or on 077791227303.