Craft & Cake Group


We meet at Uppermill Cricket Club on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. There is usually a £2 charge towards the cost of materials.

Members can learn a new craft or bring along some work of their own and join in the chatter. The bar is open and tea or coffee are available but please bring your own mug.

The Craft & Cake Group is available to Saddleworth WI members only.

For further information contact Karen at


Several Saddleworth WI members volunteered their time and skills and ingredients to bake cakes towards the 10,000 #cakesofkindness initiative and we were proud that we provided 550 cakes towards this worthwhile cause. Recipients were chosen for the help they have given the community during lockdown and included GPs surgeries, pharmacies, Oldham Sorting Office and individual post deliverers, two fire stations, Home Instead, Oldham Mountain Rescue, primary school teachers, food outlets, care homes, Ingleside Birthing Centre, Dustmen and many individuals.


Jan Hunt is a very skilled felter and has led several of our craft groups. She has joined a felting group on Facebook called Mouse Army and made these delightful needle felted mice hearts for NHS keyworkers.


Perhaps try something new during lockdown. Please send us your favourites.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Tea Loaf

Portuguese Cataplana

Janet Saggerson’s Olive Oil Bread


Useful for our own members now they are compulsory in certain situations.
No need for a sewing machine.

Find the pattern HERE

We are continuing this project until the end of September.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital is in need of small cot blankets. The blankets need to be in soft yarn and tightly knitted with no holes for tiny fingers and toes to get caught in.

Find the pattern HERE

We are continuing this project until the end of September.
One square is placed with the premature baby and another is worn against the mum’s skin. The squares are swapped round every 12 hours or every time mum visits.

Many Neonatal Units, including Royal Oldham are now using them to help with the bonding of a premature baby in an incubator and the baby’s mum. The baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn’t there or wasn’t able to get him out of his incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square, which is a big comfort.

Not only this, but many mums find that it helps with expressing breast milk. Keeping the scent of the baby close by triggers the hormones needed to produce and express milk, which is very important as breastfeeding can be difficult for mothers with premature babies.

Download patterns here for sewn bonding squares and knitted bonding squares

Download the Frontline Hero Bear Free Crochet Pattern

Later in the year we will be making a garland for Christmas, and trying our hand at Wreath making. Details to follow.