A picturesque town with more than 900 Grade II listed houses and public buildings, Port Sunlight was founded in 1888 by the industrialist William Lever as a self-contained community for his soap factory workers.
The village today is an immaculately preserved example of early town planning. A prototypical garden city, Port Sunlight’s manicured gardens and parklands offer abundant green space for the village’s residents and visitors, while cultural institutions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and The Gladstone Theatre provide access to the arts.
With just 2,000 residents, Port Sunlight is home to a small but thriving community
The Sunlight Stitchers, like the rest of the world, has been badly affected by the pandemic. Unable to meet as usual, face to face in Bridge Cottage, we have had to tackle the challenges of modern technology and instead meet virtually over the internet. This has enabled us to share our projects with each other, help each other out where we got stuck on something and even continue with community projects, and all safely socially distanced!
During the first lockdown we knitted small hearts in pairs for hospital patients, one for the patient, one for the family, and several baby items for the maternity unit at Arrowe Park. We made lots of rainbows and hung them in our windows – one even made it into the windscreen of the bin lorry to remind our waste operatives how much we appreciate them!
Over the summertime, when things relaxed a little, we were able to meet up on the grass by the museum and enjoy a coffee together, always within permitted numbers and always well-spaced apart.
More recently we braved what must have been the coldest day of the year to spread a little love and cheerfulness by yarnbombing the hanging basket ‘tree’ by the museum.
As spring approaches and vaccination progresses, we are hopeful that perhaps later in the year we will once again be allowed to return to Bridge Cottage. In the meantime, we keep calm and keep knitting.