Knitting for Linus

One of last year’s Linus quilts

What is a Linus Quilt, what does it have to do with our annual Christmas Cracker event, and how can you help? Sue Oldham explains.

Originating in America, Linus quilts are named after the eponymous Snoopy character. The quilts are given to children who have long term illnesses – many terminal – aged from newborn to nineteen. In our area, many quilts go to Evelina’s, a 24 bed intensive care unit at St Thomas’s, and some go to the Rainbow Trust.

As part of this year’s Christmas Cracker on 2nd December, we are asking for volunteers to design and produce a square for a Linus quilt. The squares will be made up into quilts and displayed at the Christmas Cracker before being donated to the East London Linus Project. There will be a voting system for the best square.

If you would like to contribute to this project please contact Sue Oldham on 020 8279 6405 for more information (for example, no buttons, sequins or lacey bits that can get caught on little fingers, and no invisible thread), a fabric pack and instructions. You do not need any particular expertise in sewing – anyone can produce a square. If you would like her to come and talk to a group, just ask and that can be arranged. For further information, please visit Project Linus UK.

If knitting is your forte, then the Special Care Unit at Whipps Cross is always grateful to receive any garments or blankets for newborns and older babies, and the Greenfields Africa charity are asking for baby hats, cardigans, teddies or cot blankets for babies born in extreme poverty in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. They need to be knitted in bright colours (not red) and can use up oddments of wool.

Finally, Knit for Peace send knitted items to people in need in Africa, India, Syria and the UK. They have an excellent website with patterns for garments, squares, etc and every item contributed is found a good home!

Any knitted items will be displayed at the Christmas Cracker and then distributed to these charities.



Rebecca and Paul Hafner

Congratulations to Paul and Rebecca Hafner, who were married in Christ Church recently. Welcome to our Church family to those who have recently been baptised in the parish: William Healey, Ivy Baxter and Phoebe Monro.

Please pray for the happiness and wellbeing of them all.

William Healey with parents Hannah and Peter


Turk-ish Delighted

The Turku Cathedral Youth Choir. Photo: Scott Wilding

The performance by the Turku Cathedral Youth Choir last week met with a chorus of approval.

The combination of glorious choral music and the stunning interior of St. Mary’s proved a winning formula. The concert, well attended, was a precursor to the choir’s concert at St. Paul’s Cathedral the following evening, so it was a privilege to have them visit us first.

As mentioned previously on the Grapevine, the choir enjoys somewhat of a special relationship with our parish, our choir and (previous) Director of Music David Todd having visited Finland and performed at Turku Cathedral last summer.

We look forward to continuing this most beneficial arrangement in the years to come.



Easter means different things to different people. For my 5 year old son, just embarking upon his religious education, it mostly means Easter eggs. For me, aside from the obvious religious meaning, Easter brings the film adaptation of Jesus Christ, Superstar back on our TV screens.