At Langdon House care home, a small group of dedicated individuals gathers regularly to share their passion for knitting and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
At the forefront of this inspiring initiative is Alice Zeitlyn, a remarkable woman who, at almost 100 years old, continues to use her skills to spread joy and raise funds for charity
Alice is a prolific knitter who loves to get involved and remains an active force within the Langdon House community. Her knitting endeavours extend far beyond personal enjoyment, as she consistently channels her talents into meaningful projects.
During the Christmas season, Alice crafted 46 miniature stockings, each a labour of love for every member of the Langdon House staff. Her other projects have included knitting red, white and blue bunting for the coronation last year and crafting numerous tiny bee brooches in various colours for football supporters and rainbow versions for the Pride month celebrations.
Currently, Alice is directing her creative energy towards knitting adorable chicks for Easter. These will be filled with a chocolate egg and sold for charity.
Alice and fellow resident Maureen Barker form an unstoppable knitting team at Langdon House. While Maureen passionately knits squares, Alice takes on the role of joining them together. Their collaborative efforts have resulted in over 100 blankets, all destined to benefit the Cambridge-based Arthur Rank Hospice where Alice used to be a volunteer. The dynamic duo’s enthusiasm for their hobby echoes through Langdon House, embodying the companionship and sense of purpose that the shared hobby brings to their lives.
Alice’s love for knitting extends beyond her personal creations. As a lifelong knitter, she is passionate about passing on her skills, and the joy knitting can bring, to others. Alice actively participates in running the knitting club at Langdon House, something she used to do as a volunteer visitor before becoming a resident at the Chesterton home.
Langdon House’s Lifestyles Coordinator, Kerry Taplin, said they would love to expand the knitting club to include members from the broader community. Welcoming new faces and talents into the home, the knitting club at Langdon House aims to create a space where individuals can share their knitting projects, collaborate on charity initiatives, and make new friends.
To learn more about the knitting club and how you can get involved, contact Kerry Taplin at Langdon House on 01223 944842. The dates for the February meetings are Monday 5th and Monday 19th.