Woolly warriors bring the Battle of Lewes to life

Pells Primary School, Lewes. Pupils learn about the Battle of Lewes with woollen soldiers knitted by the WI
Pells Primary School, Lewes. Pupils learn about the Battle of Lewes with woollen soldiers knitted by the WI

The Lewes Priory Trust and Pells Primary School hosted a celebratory tea on Monday for the fabulous knitters from Sussex branches of the Women’s Institute.

Knitters from six WIs took up the challenge to knit Battle of Lewes figures for children to use in learning about the battle to coincide with the 750th anniversary which takes place next year.

The knitted figures – or ‘woolly warriors’ – have already been put to good use at Pells, where the whole school has been learning about the battle and the historic priory with the help of Lewes Priory Trust’s Education Officers, Helen Chiasson and Kate Hickmott.

The knitted figures have proved a great success with all the children, from the youngest to the oldest.

Last half term all the children at Pells visited Lewes Priory and learnt about how the monks lived. Follow up sessions included making cheese, bread, butter and ginger beer as well as learning about herbs and archaeology.

Headteacher Kerri Burns said: “The Battle of Lewes project has inspired and engaged all the staff and children. It has been truly fabulous. The beautiful knitted figures brought the story to life for all the children and we thank the wonderful WI ladies for all their hard work and creativity.”

Chairman of the Lewes Priory Trust, Sy Morse Brown, said: “We are delighted that WI members have supported our educational work and that the Battle of Lewes knitted figures have brought history alive for the children.”