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


 100 volunteers (individuals, groups or businesses) are being recruited to bake 100 cakes each and distribute them to those who need the boost of a home-baked cake in our own communities. No need to be a master baker – just prepared to give baking a go and bring a bit of joy to your community.

Saddleworth WI has signed up to this initiative, so now we need to recruit bakers to help fulfil our 100 cake target.

We have until the end of August (bank holiday weekend) to get the cakes made and distributed. Any members with the flair for baking might like to sign themselves up for the challenge as individuals.  

Please reply here if you would like to bake and/or could suggest recipients.

Really looking forward to hearing from you if you want to join in! 


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.

Janet Saggerson’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Janet Saggerson’s Tea Loaf


Please help us sew facemasks for Oldham hospital staff who are desperate for ones for use in non clinical settings.
Also useful for our own members now they are compulsory in certain situations.
No need for a sewing machine.

Find the pattern HERE

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital is in need of small cot blankets. As they have enough knitted hearts at the moment,  we are hoping our knitters could contribute their skills in other ways.
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

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

Any ladies interested in crochet? The Breast Feeding peer support service have been given a crochet pattern to make a teddy bear with a mask over its face to put in activity boxes distributed to their families with at least one child in the family under 5. The intention is to help parents talk with their children so they can better understand about the current situation.

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.