The Duchess of Cornwall visits a Children's Centre and weaving studio in Wiltshire
7th February 2011
The Duchess of Cornwall met excited children during a visit to Chippenham today, at a centre run by the RISE Trust which provides social care and support for families in the area.
Upon arrival, The Duchess was greeted by 130 children from King's Lodge and Charter primary schools, waving flags and singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Speaking about the visit, Director of Child and Family Services at the RISE Trust, Pauline Monaghan, said: "We were all very, very excited to meet a member of The Royal Family.
"The families in Chippenham identify with her - she has a connection with Wiltshire and we're so proud she could come."
The visit was The Duchess’s third today, already having stopped at Apetito Ltd - a company specialising in feeding the elderly and vulnerable - in Trowbridge and the Wiltshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, in Steeple Ashton.
Showing support for her husband The Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool, she tried her hand at weaving, using a table-top loom. The Campaign promotes the use of British wool to support the farming industry.
The Duchess was shown into a weaving studio by the Guild's Chairman Lesley Greaves and promptly put to work making a black and white silk bag.
She was given a demonstration by Jackie Pohnert, 67, from Poulshot, who has been weaving for 11 years.
"It looks very easy to you," The Duchess said before adding she was not wearing her glasses. "I don't think I'll be a great expert, I need a lot of practice."
Mrs Pohnert told The Duchess she was welcome to join their beginners' group.
The Duchess was taken on a tour of the Guild's new building, where more than 70 members met up before unveiling a plaque and enjoying a cup of tea.
Before leaving, The Duchess thanked the members for supporting The Prince’s Campaign for Wool and said she would report back to him.