Resident, Muriel, sitting with a tray of knitted chicks

Easter chicks bring fluffy fun to food boxes

More than one hundred hand-knitted chicks will be handed out by the Botley Community Larder along with fresh fruit and veg and other food items.

Crafted with love by 92-year-old Muriel Shorter, the chicks will add a little touch of fluffy fun to the food boxes provided by the community larder.

Muriel, who lives at Fieldhouse, Botley, a Sovereign Housing for Older People scheme, said: “I’ve been knitting since I was a child. I’ve previously made chicks like this for my local church at Easter.”

Tracey Scutter, wellbeing officer for Sovereign, said: “Muriel tells us that the knitting keeps her active. People have donated wool to her so she can keep on knitting, making lovely little keepsakes like these. We love to encourage our residents to keep busy and engage with the wider community where they live. At Sovereign, we also work closely with community groups like the Botley Community Larder to make funding and other support available.”

Sovereign welcomes applications from groups and individuals seeking project funding, or support in setting up a community group. Please call 0300 5000 926 and ask for the Communities team, or email