Sue Bownas from the CAFOD Chester Support group writes below of a tradition at Easter for the Chester communities.
For several years now the Chester CAFOD Support Group has raised hundreds of pounds each Easter thanks to Judy one of our founder members who has been responsible for the annual preparation and sale of Easter Chickens. During lent a team of knitters led by Judy have created the rare breeds, whilst parishioners have been invited to provide the chocolate eggs that will fill them. Then ten days before Easter, the chickens go on sale, and it is over to the wonderful staff and pupils/ students at St Clare’s Primary School and Chester Catholic High school, and our fantastic parishioners to play their part by buying these amazing chicks.
However, 2017 it seemed would be different; with Judy not able to lead us, it looked as though Easter would be “chicken free” this year.
That was to underestimate the strength of the team built up over the years! A new leader emerged and soon a team of knitters were at work and the annual request for chocolate eggs appeared in the parish newsletter, and this lovely “tradition” was secured for another year. Despite us having less time, ( with a later than usual start and the need for earlier sales in the schools as they broke up for Easter on 31 March) chickens of every hew and breeds, never before seen, started to hatch and supplies sent to the schools for sale, and then with one week to go , we were completely sold out of chickens.
Our huge thanks go to all concerned: our generous and loyal knitters, fillers and buyers all made sure this annual sale happened again and, as a result, they have raised £ 542 for CAFOD’s Emergency Appeal for countries affected by famine in East Africa.
Although the needles are once again still, there is talk of us making an earlier start next year …….”